SOUTHEND United could be boosted by the EFL opting to drop sanctions against teams that do not pay their tax bills.

The Shrimpers are among a group of more than 20 clubs who have been embargoed due to money owed to HMRC.

But, due to the coronavirus pandemic and the lack of supporters at matches, reports suggest the League could look to alter their current disciplinary measures.

That would see Blues free to make signings and could see the return of Sam Hart and the official registration of Simeon Akinola.

Blues brought Akinola to the club in mid-September but had been waiting for the striker to be fully fit before adding him to the squad.

However, the allocated squad size for clubs in an embargo is reduced when in a transfer window.

But Shrimpers boss Mark Molesley is hopeful he can call on both players soon.

“Sam Hart is in the building and he’s training,” said Molesley.

“Hopefully he will be joining us soon.

“Sim is also training hard and we’re looking forward to hopefully having him to choose from soon.”