The Football League Paper - - INSIDE: - By Luke Mur­ray

THERE is no chance of Ted Smith join­ing Southamp­ton ac­cord­ing to Southend boss Phil Brown – de­spite the young goal­keeper ap­pear­ing for the Pre­mier League side’s youth team.

Smith played for the Saints’ U21 side on Mon­day against Ever­ton af­ter the south coast out­fit were faced with an in­jury cri­sis.

The goal­keeper signed his first pro­fes­sional con­tract ear­lier this year and has been capped twice by Eng­land U18s, who he is due to join up with next week for the game against Ger­many.

And Brown is adamant the young­ster’s long-term fu­ture re­mains at Roots Hall.

“It was a win-win sit­u­a­tion for Ted, train­ing in fan­tas­tic con­di­tions at Southamp­ton, and a win-win sit­u­a­tion for the club,” he said

“Dan Bent­ley did some­thing sim­i­lar last sea­son, and look how we’ve reaped the ben­e­fits of that this sea­son with 17 clean sheets.

“Ted has a very promis­ing fu­ture in the game and I see that fu­ture with Southend . To say his fu­ture is in doubt would be wrong.”

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