Cameron Belford: It wasn't about money

Echo: Cameron Belford - will not be joining Blues Cameron Belford - will not be joining Blues

CAMERON Belford insists it was his not wage demands which stopped him joining Southend United on a permanent basis.

The 23-year-old goalkeeper, who ended last season on loan at Blues from Bury, was keen to remain at Roots Hall.

But he never even got to discuss terms with Southend manager Paul Sturrock before a summer switch was ruled out.

“I’m disappointed to not be joining Southend because I would’ve liked that to happen but it was certainly nothing to do with money,” said Belford.

“When I spoke to the manager he suggested that I would be better to stay nearer to where I lived in Manchester and to not have to move.

“I would’ve been prepared to have come down south and had already had the conversation with my girlfriend about making the switch.

“In football I think you have to be prepared to move around and I certainly am but these things happen in football and you just have to get on with it.”

Belford kept eight clean sheets in 15 games during his spell with the Southend.

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10:57am Thu 24 May 12

dbfromrayleigh says...

On his day he looked a very decent keeper at this level, but he did have a few off-days that made him look quite average at times.
I can only imagine Mr. Sturrock was thinking along those lines or has someone lined up already for next season.
On his day he looked a very decent keeper at this level, but he did have a few off-days that made him look quite average at times. I can only imagine Mr. Sturrock was thinking along those lines or has someone lined up already for next season. dbfromrayleigh

1:14pm Thu 24 May 12

smudge65 says...

Shame about Belford. I hope PS has someone in mind as he looked more than capable in Div 2. Came in and looked confident from the start after Morris which was a relief as he was a bag of nerves when he came back from injury. Had a beast of a kick and seemed a good character. Strange if it wasn't a financial decision and given the player was keen to stay.
Shame about Belford. I hope PS has someone in mind as he looked more than capable in Div 2. Came in and looked confident from the start after Morris which was a relief as he was a bag of nerves when he came back from injury. Had a beast of a kick and seemed a good character. Strange if it wasn't a financial decision and given the player was keen to stay. smudge65

4:07pm Thu 24 May 12

chelmsfordshrimper says...

luke daniels is the ideal replacement
luke daniels is the ideal replacement chelmsfordshrimper

4:07pm Thu 24 May 12

chelmsfordshrimper says...

luke daniels is the ideal replacement
luke daniels is the ideal replacement chelmsfordshrimper

5:14pm Thu 24 May 12

Eileenshakers says...

The problem with Cam is that he fell out of favour with our manager and supporters at Gigg Lane.He was dropped after some quite awful performances against the likes of Mk Dons,Exeter City.He then took out his frustrations on the Bury fc fans and this was the end of him at our club.We certainly don't want him back as his personality and character are brittle to be an affective goalkeeper.He also walked out on us when he found out that Richie our manager had brought in Trevor Carson on loan again this past season.His biggest weakness is that he doesn't command his area.Ever since he was assaulted by a Chesterfield fan a year last April he has never been the same person on the pitch.You are better off without him and in any case it is a big wrench moving from Manchester to Southend.
The problem with Cam is that he fell out of favour with our manager and supporters at Gigg Lane.He was dropped after some quite awful performances against the likes of Mk Dons,Exeter City.He then took out his frustrations on the Bury fc fans and this was the end of him at our club.We certainly don't want him back as his personality and character are brittle to be an affective goalkeeper.He also walked out on us when he found out that Richie our manager had brought in Trevor Carson on loan again this past season.His biggest weakness is that he doesn't command his area.Ever since he was assaulted by a Chesterfield fan a year last April he has never been the same person on the pitch.You are better off without him and in any case it is a big wrench moving from Manchester to Southend. Eileenshakers

6:42pm Thu 24 May 12

Seasider90 says...

He seemed a decent keeper compared to Morris but then so would I. I would imagine PS already has someone lined up. We probably wont know why he wasnt signed and the reason could be to do with some of the stuff posted by Eileenshakers. Time will tell - lets hope we get someone half decent between the sticks though.
He seemed a decent keeper compared to Morris but then so would I. I would imagine PS already has someone lined up. We probably wont know why he wasnt signed and the reason could be to do with some of the stuff posted by Eileenshakers. Time will tell - lets hope we get someone half decent between the sticks though. Seasider90

12:16pm Fri 25 May 12

Eileenshakers says...

Yes Seasider90 perhaps some of the reasons i have outlined maybe why Paul decided not to take a punt on him.I'm sure if The Shrimps had been promoted then the budget might have allowed them to take a chance on Cam.For me i wouldn't want a player in my team who isn't prepared to fight for his place.Cam should have seen Trevor's arrival as good competition not a threat to his place.Perhaps he is also a little on the short side to be a useful addition and has now found his level in league 2.
Yes Seasider90 perhaps some of the reasons i have outlined maybe why Paul decided not to take a punt on him.I'm sure if The Shrimps had been promoted then the budget might have allowed them to take a chance on Cam.For me i wouldn't want a player in my team who isn't prepared to fight for his place.Cam should have seen Trevor's arrival as good competition not a threat to his place.Perhaps he is also a little on the short side to be a useful addition and has now found his level in league 2. Eileenshakers

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