Sky Bet League One side Southend United are holding talks with winger Michael Kightly following his release from Barclays Premier League side Burnley, according to the Southend Echo

The 31-year-old winger was released by Burnley in May after enjoying a loan spell with Burton Albion throughout the 2016/17 season. The experienced winger had a succesful time with the Brewers in the Sky Bet Championship, scoring four times during his twelve appearances as he helped Albion secure another season in England’s second flight.

Kightly started his career at Southend and the Shrimpers are now looking at bringing the winger back to Roots Hall following his departure from Turf Moor. Shrimpers boss Phil Brown revealed the Blues’ interest in the former Stoke City and Wolverhampton Wanderers man in an interview with the Southend Echo.

“I’ve held talks with Michael and he’s making noises abou wanting to come back to the area which is his home, ” said Brown.

“We’ve moved the deal closer but he has a couple of big offers from elsewhere which we’re competing against.

“We’re doing all we can and someone of his quality and experience would be a great signing.”

Kightly began his career as a trainee with Tottenham Hotspur’s academy but was released and signed for his local side Basildon United. The winger then signed a two-year scholarship with Southend United in 2002. The 31-year-old went on to make 13 appearances for the Essex side, during which he appeared eleven times during a loan spell with Farnborough Town, before signing for Grays Athletic in 2005.


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