Disgust as in-demand goalkeeper joins 14th club

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David Stockdale

Former Fulham goalkeeper, David Stockdale, has made a surprise switch to the League One to join Southend United – his 14th professional club.

Stockdale made the emergency loan switch from Birmingham after being told by Gary Monk that he wasn’t in his plans.

The 32-year-old’s move comes as a huge surprise owing to links to Leeds United in recent weeks.

He is expected to head straight into the starting line-up against Peterborough United at Roots Hall.

The Essex club is currently without regular first choice shot-stopper Mark Oxley after he was sent off for violent conduct during a mass brawl in the closing stages of last week’s defeat to Charlton Athletic.

The Shrimpers boss Chris Powell was nurturing the idea of starting teenager Nathan Bishop who lined up against Cambridge United in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday night.

However, Powell has now opted for the experienced Stockdale who has gained 390 appearances in his career.

And Shrimpers well-respected legend Darryl Flahavan who is goalkeeping coach at Birmingham is pleased the 32-year-old is heading to Roots Hall.

“I’m delighted for Stocky,” said Flahavan.

“It will be good for him to get some games and I really hope it goes well for him and he gets some good performances in and enjoys his football.”

Stockdale’s career has been all about transition.

He started off at Huddersfield Town in 2002 before moving on to York City same year.

He then kitted for three other lower sides in 10 years before grabbing Fulham’s attention.

The next decade has seen Stockdale confirm his status as a nomad, appearing for eight different teams.

These include Hull City, Leicester City, Ipswich Town, Rotherham and Brighton.