Gordon Simpson, left, has left his role as senior sports reporter with the Southern Daily Echo to join Southampton FC as a communications officer.
Gordon joined the Echo in 2007 and went on to become one of its main Southampton FC reporters as well as covering a number of other sports, including golf.
In March 2008, he went to a Southampton Independent Supporters Association forum to meet the then Saints manager Nigel Pearson, but along with other media was asked to leave by club officials.
The incident was later put down to a “misunderstanding,” with the club saying it had only meant to exclude cameras from the meeting.
Gordon revealed his latest news in a series of tweets last month.
“Very excited about becoming a part of the outstanding @SouthamptonFC media team from next week. Can’t wait to get started!” he wrote.
“Been a privilege to work with so many amazing, talented people at the paper. Have loved being a part of it. But now onto something new.”
Gordon also made the news in 2013 when he and his then-fiancee, Echo health reporter Melanie Adams, appeared on Strictly Come Dancing as they received professional lessons for their first wedding dance.
The two journalists, who married in December that year, won the chance to be part of the show after Strictly bosses asked for couples tying the knot during the festive period who wanted to learn to dance to get in touch.