Leeds finalise Hall loan move
Leeds boss Neil Warnock has completed the signing of Southend winger Ryan Hall on loan with a view to a permanent deal.
The 24-year-old has teamed back up with Leeds manager Neil Warnock, his manager at former club Crystal Palace, initially on loan until January.
"I've known Ryan for many years and was a big fan of his at Crystal Palace," Warnock told the club's official website. "All credit to him to come back into my thoughts.
"I'm looking for a player of his quality. I don't know if he can do it at this level yet, but he offers something different in the squad. He can give us an option where he could change a game."
Hall, linked with both Peterborough and Blackpool before sealing his move to Yorkshire, was sentenced to 20 weeks in prison in March 2011, later reduced to 12 weeks and suspended for a year, following an incident outside a Southend nightclub.
Warnock added: "I'm not right every time, but I do forgive and forget. I always remember one player who had everything, but had a few off-the-field problems. Ryan has to put his own house in order, but this is a great opportunity for him. He needs to get away from the south and grasp the opportunity we've given him."
Southend manager Paul Sturrock revealed his regret at the way in which Hall has left the club.
Wantaway Hall was dropped by Sturrock in August after he felt transfer speculation was affecting the 24-year-old's mindset, with the wide man going on to endure a public falling out with Southend after his proposed move to Blackpool fell through.
Hall has since been training alone.
Speaking about his departure, Sturrock told Southend's official website: "A lot of i's and t's have been dotted and crossed since Ryan decided he wanted to move on. The way it has been handled has been horrible as he has taken advice that I feel is the wrong advice.
"Anthony Grant walked away properly with his head held high and I would have expected that from Ryan. He has rushed to move on for all sorts of reasons, which is why it has turned out this way.
"I don't hold grudges, though, as I feel Ryan has been of a great benefit to the football club. He doesn't leave under a cloud, I just feel he went about it the wrong way. He didn't listen, he felt other people had the best way out for him, but I'd like to think after 38 years in the game I know how it should be done. He is a quality player, though, so I wish him all the best."