JON Benton and Nick Hayes seem set to line up for Solihull Moors against Southend United on Tuesday night.

But the duo could well still be with the Shrimpers had it not been for the club’s off field issues.

An ongoing transfer embargo meant Benton and Hayes could not extend their time at Roots Hall.

And Blues boss Kevin Maher was forced into saying farewell.

“With Nick he was an emergency loan and once you get other keepers fit you can’t keep them,” said Maher.

“Jon we couldn’t do anything with either because of the embargo.

“We had Jack Bridge and Ralphy (Nathan Ralph) as non-contract at the time so we couldn’t add to the 16.

“All credit to him though because he wanted to play and he waited as long as he could for things to change but they didn’t.”

Benton joined Aveley before being snapped up by Solihull in October while Hayes headed back out on loan from Ipswich Town to join Andy Whing’s side just before Christmas.

And Maher is pleased to see them both doing well.

“Nick came in last minute before Woking away and was brilliant for the period he was here,” said the Blues boss.

“We’re grateful to him for what he did for us and it’s great to see him out playing games and doing well again.

“He’s a good goalie and we know that ourselves.

“Jon came through our academy and was someone we would’ve liked to have kept.

“Circumstances dictated that but for him he needed to play football.

“All credit to him for going away and dropping down a level before coming back up which is what we thought he would do.”