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Pompey pair endure relegation agony



Morris have both suffered relegation heartbreak out on loan from Pompey.

Hackett-Fairchild’s Southend were banished to non-league football despite a 2-1 win at Barrow last weekend.

The forward moved to Roots Hall in January and has played regularly for Southend, scoring one goal in 24 appearance­s pre-weekend.

He featured for 70 minutes against Barrow before being substitute­d.

He’ll return to the south coast this summer ahead of the 2021-22 season, with the ex-Charlton man under contract for another year.

Former Pompey pair

Greg Halford and Rickie Holmes are also part of the Shrimpers squad.

Meanwhile, Northampto­n’s relegation back to the fourth tier represents another blow in what’s been a challengin­g season for Morris.

Having recovered from a hip injury that sidelined him for 14 months, the ex-Middlesbro­ugh man started Pompey’s opening five league games of the term before he was jettisoned down the midfield pecking order.

After falling out of favour at PO4, Morris joined the Cobblers in January to try to keep them in League One.

However, Northampto­n lost 3-0 to promotionc­hasing Blackpool last weekend, leaving them four points adrift from 20th-placed Wigan with one game remaining.

Morris had been expecting to depart Fratton Park when his contract expires this summer having been granted an exit by former manager Kenny Jackett.

However, Danny Cowley, who succeeded Jackett in March, admitted he’s being open-minded when it comes to the midfielder’s future.

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