‘Club is a shambles’ – These Southend fans react to interesting journalist reveal

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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