Date: 25th July 2012 at 10:40am
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Blackpool’s longest serving player, Keith Southern, is set to end a ten-year spell at the club after agreeing a deal with Huddersfield Town, the Gazette report.


Southern, who was signed by Steve McMahon on a free transfer, will join up with former Pool manager Simon Grayson at the Galpharm.


The fee is believed to be in the region of £300,000 and the midfielder is expected to pen a three-year deal.


At 31, Southern’s box-to-box ability could show signs of waning. In any case, Ian Holloway has shown he now prefers a midfield able to retain possession, with the time probably right for the player to move on.


Forever a fans’ favourite, the Geordie’s commitment to the cause and defensive vigour – alongside popping up with the odd important goal – was integral in the Seasiders gaining two promotions in a decade glittering with success.


His remarkable character was evident last season when he fought back into action after having a tumour removed. Southern will be a huge loss in the dressing room as well as on the pitch and is the last of the Blackpool side of the early noughties to leave Bloomfield Road.