Łopata terminates Southend contract

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Polish centre-back Kacper Łopata has terminated his contract with English National League club Southend United with immediate effect.

Reports in local media have claimed that the club were more than 28 days late in paying the 21-year-old’s wages for January, and as such the club were in breach of contract. Łopata missed The Shrimpers’ 1-0 defeat to Barnet on Friday evening – hours before the defender released a statement on social media.

“As of today I am no longer a Southend United player. Due to a serious breach of contract by the club I have decided it is best for myself and my family to terminate my contract.

I wish the players and the management team the very best. Thank you to the fans who have given me fantastic support during my time at the club and I hope everyone will understand this very difficult decision.”

Kacper Łopata via Twitter (@KasperLopata)

Polish-born Łopata moved to England as a 9-year-old, and came up through the ranks at Southampton, Bristol City, Yeovil Town and Brighton & Hove Albion. He made his senior professional debut during a loan spell at Zagłębie Sosnowiec, before returning to England to join Sheffield United.

Łopata joined Southend after impressing during a loan spell during the 2021-22 season, and went on to make 26 appearances during this campaign.

Southend have been in major financial trouble, and have only recently managed to avoid a winding-up order after paying a £1.4 million (7.466m PLN) tax bill.

Between Kacper and his agent they don’t want to be here, they’ve made that clear with what they’ve done but that’s above me.

That’s their decision but like we said this time last year we only want players who play for the shirt.

Kevin Maher, Southend United manager

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