Signings of the times

Last updated : 01 January 2009 By Chris C
It has been an open secret that Molyneux was going to join the club in the transfer window with the player reportedly having been training with the club for some time now.

A pacey, attacking left back, capable of playing at left midfield, Molyneux is hoping that his career will take off at St Mary's. Already 20, he is yet to make a professional first team appearance, surprisingly not having gone out on loan previously, hardly ideal for a defence short on experience. A back injury earlier in his career didn't help.

He was a regular for Everton's reserves with the only real feat of note being an impressive free kick against Liverpool's reserves. He has also represented England U18s.

Inevitably this leads to questions over the future of Rudi Skacel who is expected to depart on loan in the transfer window despite some solid performances of late, with high wages as ever the issue.

Ryan Smith converts his loan from Millwall into a free transfer. With Holmes back from injury, it's a curious signing of a player who has hardly set the world alight in his runouts for the first team.

However, wingers are vital to Poortvliet's preferred formation and the squad is short of them and Saints will be hoping that the player can finally deliver on the potential he showed at Arsenal. A six month deal is recognition that he may not, but a chance to prove that he can.

Hardly signings to get the faithful streaming back through the turnstiles, but unfortunately a sign of the times as the financial realities of the club continue to bite.