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Club Connections: Walsall v Southend

27 October 2017

Ahead of tomorrow's match between Walsall and Southend, Joshua Bunting profiles three players who have represented both clubs...

 

Michael Ricketts

Ricketts scored 79 league goals during a 14-year career and was capped once by England in a friendly against the Netherlands in February 2002.

He started out with the Saddlers, making 76 appearances and scoring 14 goals in the process.

In June 2006, Ricketts signed a two-year deal with Championship side Southend United but only played twice before being released.

Ricketts returned to Walsall for a second spell in November 2007, on loan from Oldham Athletic.

After his contract was cancelled by the Latics, he signed for the Saddlers permanently in July 2008 and made a further 28 appearances for the club.

 

Jason Demetriou

Right-back Jason Demetriou signed for Walsall in 2015.

The English-born Cyprus international proved to be the signing of the summer, impressing both fans and players alike.

He scored four goals in 53 matches for the club, helping us finish third and reach the 2015/16 League One play-offs.

He rejected a new contract offer at the end of that season and signed for Saturday’s opponents Southend, for whom he has made 58 appearances to date.

He has won 46 international caps for Cyprus, scoring one goal in the process.

 

Franck Moussa

Midfielder Franck Moussa starting his career at Southend, making his first-team debut as a 16-year-old in United’s 3-0 win over Colchester United on 4 March 2006, coming on for midfielder Luke Guttridge.

He went on to play 103 times during his first spell at Roots Hall, scoring eight goals.

He was also part of the side that held Chelsea to a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup in 2009, a game that saw Peter Clarke score an injury-time equaliser for the Shrimpers.

Moussa has played for a whole host of clubs since then, including Leicester City, Coventry City and Charlton Athletic.

He also rejoined Southend for a second spell in March 2016, scoring on his only outing.

On the 11th July 2016, he signed a one-year contract at the Banks’s Stadium and made 26 appearances during his only year with the club.

Moussa came off the bench to score a first-half brace in the Saddlers’ 3-2 defeat at Southend back in March.


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