Gary Taylor-Fletcher labelled his former Blackpool teammate Keith Southern a 'legend' after he celebrated 10 years at Bloomfield Road with a testimonial victory over Everton.
The forward, who himself was bought from Southern’s new club Huddersfield Town back in 2007, was full of admiration for his closest friend.
“You speak to any fan, any player that has played with him - three promotions in his time, four Wembley appearances, he has been with Blackpool when they were down below and he has been there all the way up to the top,” he said.
“He’s a great player and there is only one word that sums him up and that is a legend.”
Southern, who joined the club back in 2002 on the back of a three-month loan spell, played the opening 15 minutes of the victory.
Goals from Alex Baptiste and young trialist James Caton finally ended Southern’s fairy-tale journey at Blackpool and he admits he will miss his friend.
“He is a great lad and my ‘roomy’ so I’m going to miss him, but for what he has done for the club and for the fans and today was a great occasion for him.
“I will miss him, but we will still go on our nights out like we normally do, but it will just be good banter the night before the games,” he added.
And Taylor-Fletcher believes Southern’s new employers have themselves a guaranteed Championship performer.
“He has got the experience now and he can pass his experience on to the young players at his new club.
“You know what Keith’s about, he will give 100% and he will get people around him playing and he is a great signing for them, but he is going to be a big miss for us,” he concluded.