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Revealed: Why Southend United are in a transfer embargo
SOUTHEND United must pay outstanding wages to a trio of their former players to escape the transfer embargo they are currently under.
Midfielders Mickey Spillane and John Spicer have both confirmed they are still owed three months' money by the Shrimpers.
And the Echo understands that striker Elliot Benyon is also still waiting to be paid.
Blues also remain under an embargo due to the late filing of their end of season accounts.
The three unpaid players were all released by the Shrimpers at the end of last season and Spillane remains frustrated by how he has been treated by his former club.
“I’m still waiting for three months' money that I’m owed by Southend and it’s very disappointing,” said Spillane.
“As far as I’m aware a few of the other lads who left the club at the same time as me are in the same situation and it’s not very fair.
“I’ve spoken to the club and they’ve not been able to give me any assurances about when I’m going to get paid and just keep saying they don’t have the money.
“People playing at League Two level aren’t on as much as everyone thinks footballers seem to get paid and I think anyone would struggle if they were owed three month’s wages.”
Spillane made nine appearances during a short spell at Roots Hall.
And the 24-year-old admitted to feeling frustrated for the club’s fans.
“The Southend supporters are really good and the situation at the club does make me feel sad for them,” said Spillane, who is now playing for Conference Premier leaders Cambridge United.
“It wasn’t the best of times for me there but the fans were still great and it’s sad that these kinds of problems keep happening to their club.”
Spicer made 15 appearances for Blues and has revealed he is still owed money by the club.
“Southend still owe me two month’s and severance pay which makes it three months all in,” confirmed Spicer.
However, the Echo understands that Millwall have now been paid for Tamika Mkandawire’s loan spell at Roots Hall while the debt to the Football League for Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final tickets is now also very close to being resolved.
Both of those had also been reasons for the Shrimpers’ embargo, which continues to restrict manager Phil Brown’s movement in the transfer market.
The Echo asked the club for a comment but they said that chief executive Steve Kavanagh was at a Football League meeting all day.