Former Grecian Barry Corr is expected to start training again with Southend United this week. He is aiming to make a first team appearance by the end of September. Next up for City after Wycombe Wanderers is of course Corr’s Southend United next Saturday, and is Corr’s first hope for a game.

Corr suffered a severe knee injury that ended his excellent run of 21 goals in April 2011, his last game being against Burton Albion. This Injury sidelined him for the 2010/11 season and was unable to play last season much to his dismay. Then more disappointment happened in the summer when he sustained a groin tear which took his total months sidelined to 17.

Corr spoke to his clubs official website this week and appears close to his comeback

I don’t like to set targets because I’ve ended up being disappointed by doing that before but I will be back in to full training this week. I’ve been running and doing ball work for a little while so the next step is to back in to full contact training. If that goes well then there’s a chance I could be involved in our next home game against Exeter in a couple of weeks’ time if not before.”

In the 2009/10 season Barry Corr scored 3 times in 34 league games for Exeter City. Which is also the same amount of times he managed to get sent off that season! Corr originally signed for City back in July 2009 when he was released by Swindon Town.  His debut (and indeed Exeter’s in League 1) was tarnished when he was sent off for attacking Leeds Michael Doyle. Other sendings off for Barry Corr that season came in a tricky match at home to his current team, Southend United and then in a tough game at Millwall. His lack of goals and his sending offs never really endured him to the City faithful. He did, however, enjoy scoring against MK Dons, scoring 4 times in the 3 games, including 2 goals in the FA Cup game in Milton Keynes.

He was then released by Exeter City at the end of that season. A month later he signed for Southend United bringing under the management of Paul Sturrock whom he played under at Swindon.

If he plays, will he score or will he get sent off we might wonder?

Pictures copyright of (and thanks go to) Keith Stone.

By Hants

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