22-year-old Southend United winger Stephen Humphrys has handed in a transfer request, as reported by Chris Phillips.
The wide man has been a target for League One side Rochdale, with them having a bid reportedly turned down for his services this week.
Humphrys signed for Southend from Fulham, where he served as an academy player, enjoying loan spells with Shrewsbury, Scunthorpe and Rochdale. It’s believed Dale wanted to keep him after his loan spell there, where he scored twice in 16 outings. Instead, he remained at Fulham, later joining the Shrimpers where he has scored 10 goals in 33 appearances since signing in January 2019.
Southend were relegated without a fight last season, struggling from the opening day onwards. They’re facing up to life in League Two, but Humphrys is seemingly set on moving back up the EFL as quickly as possibly. Rochdale, who finished 18th and just four places above the dropzone, have had a quiet summer so far.
They’ve lost leading scorer Ian Henderson, as well as talisman attacker Callum Camps, whilst midfielder Ollie Rathbone is a target for League One new boys Hull City. However, manager Brian Barry-Murphy is seemingly keen on adding some attacking flair to his ranks this autumn and Humphrys looks like he is keen on getting away from Roots Hall.
Southend fans have been reacting on Twitter to news of the player’s desire to leave, with some sympathising with him having to work under tough conditions created by a perceived lack of investment from chairman Ron Martin.
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Can't really blame him. Club is a shambles.
— All At Sea fanzine (@AllAtSeaFanzine) September 4, 2020
If he can't commit, then go. Flog him for what he's worth and put it towards getting the embargo lifted so we can get committed L2 standard players in.
— RON MARTIN OUT (@RonMartinOut) September 4, 2020
Clubs are doing business now – waiting until the 16th is too late and puts us a serious risk of another relegation.
— Mark Sargent (@stodgeparty) September 4, 2020
Very surprised after reading about the comments he made in the last few weeks no problem with him wanting to further his career but the timing is very bad I suppose it is a choice of kelman or Humphreys who moves then
— Dave wyatt (@Davewyatt19) September 4, 2020
Thinking he prefers football with some form of normality – which he won't get at Roots Hall. I'm worried we may finish in the bottom 2 – and signings like Shaun Hobson (maybe) – basically a non-League player – doesn't fill me with confidence
— Keith Eugene ???????????????☠️ (@KeithEugene3) September 4, 2020
This might be a blessing in disguise. Could get upwards of 500K for him and use that to get rid of the embargo. But obviously not good to lose a player like him
— Declan McGhie (@Declan_Mcghie) September 4, 2020
Surely anyone who vaguely follows The Blues could see it coming. But what baffles me is when we read that Mark Molesley didn't appreciate the scale of trouble SUFC were in? He only had to have a 5 min chat with any supporter to find out!
— David Warren (@DavidWa18425508) September 4, 2020
That's bad news but wouldn't be surprised if kelman and elvis do the same very soon. I really fear for the season ahead.
— Shrimpersaway (@shrimpersaway) September 4, 2020
Sad but inevitable. Get some cash, get the embargo lifted, properly plan for next year, hope Charlie Kelman stays…
— Matthew Walker (@lesleymatt) September 4, 2020