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Soccer star Jerren Nixon quit Scotland leaving behind debts of more than £40,000 - and could now lose his former home.

The Trinidad and Tobago international and ex-Dundee United player is being chased by the Halifax Building Society for non-payment of his mortgage.

A court action has been raised to recover the cash -and Nixon has been given three weeks to notify solicitors if he plans to oppose repossession.

Nixon - once valued at £20million by his boss - bought the ground-floor flat in Dundee's Mains Road last March with a mortgage of just more than pounds 39,000.

While at Tannadice, he shared his home with his Trinidadian girlfriend and Raith Rovers player Tony Rougier.

But, after a £250,000 transfer to Swiss club FC Zurich last summer, Nixon left without paying off his mortgage.

Now he faces debts of £39,104, plus interest.

Halifax officials swooped on the flat after Nixon's transfer - but his girlfriend refused to give them his new address.

He was last seen at the flat in April when he returned to Scotland to play for Trinidad and Tobago against East Fife.

A writ has not been served on him as court officials don't know his whereabouts.

The building society has also started proceedings to evict the occupants of the flat - but Nixon's girlfriend and Tony Rougier have already moved out.

Yesterday the flat - next door to Dundee United midfielder David Hannah's home - stood empty.

Neighbours said Nixon's girlfriend and Rougier left several weeks ago. Rougier was the last person seen at the flat when he moved his possessions out last month.

A Dundee United spokesman declined to comment last night.