Salford City Strike Deal With Non-League Outfit For 21-Year-Old

Southend United have completed the signing of Salford City striker Marcus Dackers, the club have officially announced this morning.

Dackers’s loan at National League side Altrincham was finished at the beginning of January and Salford have already sent him back out on loan for the remainder of the season. The striker featured in four games during his time at the club, scoring one goal on his debut against Solihull Moors.

Southend have been under a transfer embargo since September 2022. The embargo was recently lifted in December due to the club being in the process of getting taken over by new owners. Dackers is one of the first signings for the Shrimpers post embargo.

Kevin Maher’s side were deducted 10 points at the beginning of the season for failing to clear a debt and currently sit 15th in the National League. They will be hoping Dackers, 21, can fire them up the table during his time on loan at the club.

The Salford striker will be fighting for a place alongside leading scorer Harry Cardwell, who has 12 goals so far this season for Southend and is a huge reason they’ve climbed the table despite the points deduction holding them back.

The Welsh forward has scored seven goals in 29 games in the National League so far in his career and has been at the Shrimpers previously on loan in the 2022/23 season. Dackers will become a free agent in June of this year due to his contract expiring, and there are no current signs that Salford are keen to renew that deal.

A deal was finalised this morning between the two clubs. Dackers has Premier League academy experience due to previously playing for Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League 2.

Roots Hall will be eager to welcome back the player who scored three goals in six games for them last season, and head coach Maher will face the headache of having to find a spot for him in the starting eleven upon arrival at the club.

Writer’s View

Dackers is a good young footballer who showed brilliant promise during his time in the Brighton academy. Southend need a secondary source of goals, and the Welsh forward can bring that under the right environment. He proved that during his time at Chester with nine goals in 20 games for the club.

With his future not quite clear yet due to his contract situation, this is the perfect opportunity for Dackers to perform and hopefully earn himself a permanent deal at the Shrimpers beyond this season.

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