Ex-Portsmouth, Sheffield United and Charlton winger training with League Two strugglers

Former Pompey winger Ricky Holmes is currently training with Southend United.

Wednesday, 10th February 2021, 3:12 pm
Updated Thursday, 11th February 2021, 3:38 pm

The 33-year-old has been without a club following the expiry of his short-term contract at Northampton in January.

But the 2014 News/Sports Mail Pompey Player of the Year could be set for a new chapter in his career by linking up with the League Two strugglers.

Southend are in need of some of inspiration as the battle for survival. They currently sit second-bottom after a surprise 1-0 win at Newport on Tuesday night.

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Holmes could be someone manager Mark Molesley turns to in order to keep his side’s Football League status.

That’s despite the former Blues favourite announcing his intention to retire with a back injury last summer – a problem which plagued his time at Sheffield United.

Holmes made 62 appearances for Pompey between June 2013 and December 2014, scoring three goals.

Ricky Holmes. Picture: Joe Pepler

If he links up with hometown club Southend on a permanent basis, they will represent his ninth team during a career spanning 14 years.

He's also represented the likes of Charlton, Oxford United, Barnet and Gillingham after being plucked from non-league.

Should Holmes win a deal at Roots Hall, he will become the third player with Pompey links to sign this season.

Ex-Fratton favourite Greg Halford is also presently representing the Shrimpers.