Southend United fans travelling back on the train from their 4-1 win at Peterborough on Tuesday sat next to a famous passenger.


According to the post below from supporters site Shrimperzone, Les Ferdinand had also been at the game checking on-loan central defender Ryan Inniss.

The QPR director of football liked what he saw, and the 21-year-old looks as he might have added himself to an Rs hit list in the summer.

The Crystal Palace player has appeared four times for Southend this season, and before that had five-club loans elsewhere in the lower leagues after graduating through Palace’s academy ranks.

However, Inniss has led a somewhat checkered personal life to say the least.

He has three police cautions as well as pleading guilty to assault last September following an incident in a bar four months earlier.

After successfully appealing a jail term he was handed 240 hours unpaid work, a £300 fine, and ordered to take part in a 20-day alcohol rehabilitation course.

At the time of his trial, the court heard of a troubled childhood.

When he was a teenager Inniss’s mum was a drug addict and his dad was in prison.

Defence counsel Peter Hunter said: "Ryan had, in effect, responsibility for two younger siblings.

"Despite these pressures he managed to attend Crystal Palace's academy since the age of 14 and worked very hard to be given the opportunity that he's got."

Inniss has also appeared 13 times for England U16 and U17 sides to underline his undoubted ability.

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