Fleetwood’s Southern set for Shrews switch

Keith Southern
Keith Southern

Former Blackpool midfielder Keith Southern is to join League Two Shrewsbury Town on loan until the end of the season.

Southern signed for Fleetwood Town in the summer having come to the end of his contract at Championship Huddersfield.

He missed the start of the season through injury and has since found his opportunities limited,

The 33-year-old has made just two starts for Graham Alexander’s side, playing in the home win over Gillingham - Fleetwood’s last victory on home turf - and the FA Cup defeat at Cambridge United.

Despite being fit to play Southern has in recent weeks not been part of Town’s matchday squad and did not travel with the team to Leyton Orient last weekend.

He took to social media this week to answer fans’ questions about his fitness posting on Twitter: “For the countless people asking “are u injured?” The answer is No I’m not!!! and have been fully fit for 4 months. #traineverday #justsaying”

Alexander made it clear after Saturday’s home defeat to Oldham there had been no bust up and Southern continued to train with the first team.

“Nobody is banished,” he told reporters.

At Shrewsbury Southern links up with former Fleetwood boss Micky Mellon.