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Michael Timlin and Marc-Antoine Fortune to depart Blues

25 May 2018

Southend United can confirm that Michael Timlin and Marc-Antoine Fortune will leave the club when their contracts expire at the end of June.

Timlin will depart having made 262 appearances for Blues spanning two loan spells and a subsequent permanent switch to Roots Hall in January 2012.

The 33-year-old scored his first goal for the club in just his second game away at Hereford, dispatching a 30-yard free-kick. He would go onto play eight times before being recalled by Swindon Town.

A year later and Timlin re-joined on loan again for a longer four-month stint which was then made permanent. He helped Blues reach the League Two play-off semi-final in the 2011/12 season, playing 47 matches and scoring four goals.

Timlin’s second season at Blues was cut short in February 2013 when he suffered a broken leg away to Leyton Orient, which saw him miss out on a trip to Wembley in the JPT Final.

His comeback came in August 2013, a season in which he scored in a memorable 4-1 win over Millwall at Roots Hall in the FA Cup Third Round and played over 40 games as Blues again made the play-offs, but were beaten in the semi-final by Burton Albion this time.

The battling midfielder was memorably an instrumental part of Blues’ promotion to Sky Bet League One in 2015, scoring three times towards the end of the season including in the semi-final second leg win over Stevenage having suffered a nasty head injury in the first leg four days earlier.

Chris Powell said: “It’s always a difficult decision whenever any player moves on, but this one particularly because he’s been at the club a long time and been through a lot.

“I only had him for 18 games but he did terrifically well. He’s someone who will carry on in the game and will eventually move into coaching and management because he’s already on that path.

“We, as a football club, wish him well and I do particularly because he has shown what it takes to play for this club, but I have to make these really difficult decisions.

“I wish him well and I’m sure our staff and supporters do as well.”

Former West Bromwich Albion and Celtic striker Fortune leaves the club after two seasons at Roots Hall, playing 76 games and scoring 10 goals.

His first goal came in the Checkatrade Trophy win over Leyton Orient in October 2016 and he ended the campaign with six goals.

Last season the 36-year-old played 41 games scoring four, and Powell said on his departure: “Marco is a leader in a different way. He’s a quiet, studious man, a terrific professional who trained diligently.

“A lot of our young players would have looked at Marco over the last couple of years and seen that to stay in the game you have to do the right things, and he certainly leaves that legacy with regards to his professionalism.

“We have to make harsh decisions and look at the future and what we need as a club, so it’s another difficult decision.”

Southend United would like to thank both players for their hard work and commitment and wish them all the best in the future.

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