Port sign former Premier League keeper as Lussey has Coventry trial
SOUTHPORT FC have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Mark Halstead on a free transfer.
Halstead joines Ethan Jones and Kaiman Anderson in making the move from Shrewsbury Town to the Merseyrail Community Stadium. The trio were all released earlier in the summer.
The 26-year-old made 26 appearances for the Shrews after joining from Blackpool in 2014 but was unable to claim the number one position for himself.
He previously made one Premier League appearance for the Seasiders, coming off the bench against Chelsea.
Early in his career, Halstead spent loan spells at nearby Burscough and Hyde United.
He is now training with the Yellows and will officially join the club on August 1.
Southport manaager Alan Lewer told the club’s website: “I’ve watched him a lot in the last six months. He’s a league standard goalkeeper.
“We’ve done unbelievably well to bring him to the club.
“Mark has ambitions that sit well with what we’re trying to achieve in getting the club back to where it belongs and I’m very pleased to welcome him to Southport.”
Former Southport FC midfielder Jordan Lussey is on trial at Coventry City.
The 22-year-old, who started out at Liverpool’s academy, is understood to be one of a number of trialists looking to impress Sky Blues boss Mark Robins this preseason.
The Reds’ Academy graduate was a regular for the Liverpool Under 21 side, having joined the club in 2002, and travelled with Brendan Rodgers’ Europa League squad to face Besiktas in February 2015.
He joined Southport in September last season and was one of the club’s stand out players before sustaining a serious ankle injury in the Boxing Day clash against Wrexham. The injury kept him out for the rest of the season. Lussey has since undergone extensive rehabilitation and announced that he had left Southport in May.
Coventry will play in League Two next season after finishing 11 points from safety in 2016/17.