I know some people who worked at Southend when he was there.

Two things they said

1) he was by miles the best player at the club. So naturally gifted that he’d often get rounds of applause for feats of skill in training.

2) a very nice, polite bloke to all of the other players and coaching staff and impeccably polite at the training ground. And then one day he went AWOL and that was that. But even after that none of the people at the club could reconcile his good manners with his reputation and criminal record.

So I can kind of understand how he keeps getting a game at various clubs. I think he has such natural talent that particularly at lower levels he looks superb and people want to take a chance.