LIAM Ridgewell’s exit from Southend United is close to being finalised.

The former Birmingham City and Aston Villa defender was signed by former Blues boss Kevin Bond in the summer.

But the 35-year-old has managed just 52 minutes of first team football with the Shrimpers this season.

Ridgewell has not been trained with Blues since November and Echosport understands his departure is expected to be announced by the club before the end of the week.