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News: Ex-Blues in the news

1 June 2015

A look at what former Southend United players are in the news and why.

We take our first look at what former Southend United players have made headlines recently and why...

Adam Federici
Federici has recently made the move to Premier League newboys Bournemouth after the expiry of his contract at Reading. Adam played ten times for Southend after moving on loan from the Royals in a bid to gain first team experience back in 2008. Originally on the books with three Australian teams, Federici moves to England in 2003 by signing for Wolves. After a short spell in Italy, the big Australian returned to the UK by signing for Reading. Before moving to Roots Hall, Federici had spells with Maidenhead United, Northwood, Carshalton Athletic and Bristol City. He totalled over 200 games for Reading before opting to swap the Championship for the Premier League by moving to Bournemouth last week.

Peter Clarke
Scouser Peter Clarke spent three years with Southend in the mid 2000s and he signed for Bury last week after departing Blackpool. Clarke began with Everton before joining Blackpool for a first spell in 2004. After two years there, he swapped one seaside for another when he switched to Southend. He was to impress during his three years at Roots Hall, playing well over 100 times and scoring ten goals – one of which was the dramatic late equaliser against Chelsea back in 2009. Departing Blues that summer, Clarke went on to play for Huddersfield Town and Blackpool again before joining Bury. The 33-year-old is a former England under-21 international.

Cameron Belford
Another ex-Southend goalkeeper on the move is Cameron Belford, who has recently joined Wrexham on a free transfer after leaving Swindon Town. The move to Wrexham takes Belford back to the north-west, having previously played for Bury. Belford spent two separate loan spells with Southend from Bury back in 2012 and despite only playing 17 times, was a fans' favourite during his time at Roots Hall. He began with Coventry City and then went on to play 78 times for Bury. After his loans with Blues, Belford went on to play for Tamworth, Mansfield Town, Rushall Olympic and Swindon, and a move to Wrexham will mean regular first team football for the custodian.

Bilel Mohsni
The versatile ex-Blue was sent off after the final whistle as current club Rangers after their play-off Final defeat to Motherwell at Fir Park. Well ran out comfortable winners against Rangers but the game was marred by the fracas involving Mohsni and Motherwell pair Lee Erwin and Fraser Kerr – starting a mass brawl. Rangers boss Stuart McCall has said Mohsni won't play for the club again. The Tunisian joined Southend in 2010 after spells in France and during three years at Roots Hall played just over 60 times, scoring a creditable 18 goals. His versatility resulted in Bilel playing left wing, centre back, central midfield and as a striker for Southend during his time in Essex.

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