Ex Men: Southampton

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by Ashley Houghton

safc.com profiles three of the 24 players to play for both the Black Cats and the Saints.

Kenwyne Jones

Trinidad and Tobago international joined Sunderland from Southampton in 2007 after three years with the Hampshire club.

Jones made 80 appearances for the Saints after joining from Caribbean side W Connection and scored 22 goals.

He moved to Wearside ahead of the 2007-08 campaign and he scored in his first game at the Stadium of Light in a 2-1 victory over Reading, going on to bag seven goals in 33 games over the course of the season earning him the club’s Player of the Season award.

In total, Jones made 101 appearances for the Black Cats and scored 28 goals before moving to Stoke City in 2010.

Since moving to the Britannia Stadium for a reported club-record £8m, Kenwyne has made 115 appearances, scoring 26 goals.

Kevin Phillips

One of the greatest players in the club’s history, ‘Super Kev’ made 235 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 130 goals.

He started his professional career with Watford after an impressive spell with Baldock Town and, after scoring 24 goals for the Hornets, he was snapped up by the Black Cats in 1997.

He spent six years on Wearside, forming a formidable partnership with Niall Quinn before joining Southampton in 2003.

The Saints were relegated in Phillips’ second season at St. Mary’s and he left for Aston Villa ahead of the 2005-06 campaign after returning 26 goals in 73 games.

After joining Villa, he suffered an injury-hit campaign and his opportunities were limited prompting him to join Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion the following campaign.

Phillips has since played for Birmingham, Blackpool, Crystal Palace and currently Leicester City and he has passed the 600-appearance mark in a career spanning 20 years.

Wayne Bridge

A product of Southampton’s successful academy system, Wayne Bridge spent five years with the Saints’ senior team, making 173 appearances before moving to Chelsea in 2003.

The former England international spent six seasons at Stamford Bridge - winning all three of the major domestic trophies in the Barclays Premier League, the FA Cup and also the League Cup.

He made 142 appearances for the Blues before joining Manchester City in 2008 for a reported fee of £10m.

Whilst with City, Bridge spent time on loan at West Ham before joining Sunderland for a brief spell at the end of the 2011-12 campaign.

The Southampton-born full back made ten appearances for the Black Cats before returning to City.

Bridge spent last season on loan at Gus Poyet’s Brighton before moving to Championship outfit Reading ahead of the 2013-14 campaign on a permanent deal.