Blues in business after transfer ban is lifted

Southend United have confirmed that the transfer embargo placed upon the club in May due to a winding-up petition has been lifted after the Vanarama National League received confirmation that that petition has been dismissed.

The troubled Roots Hall Stadium club have been hampered in their attempts to prepare for the new season, with a takeover dragging on, and boss Kevin Maher unable to strengthen his squad.

However, with news that the embargo was finally lifted, the Blues announced the signings of central defender Joe Gubbins and striker Josh Walker, both on two-year deals.

Gubbins, recently released by Queen’s Park Rangers, is no stranger to Roots Hall having spent a loan spell with the Blues during the 2021/22 season.

Speaking to www.southendunited.co.uk, the 22-year-old said: “I know what the Club’s all about and how big the fanbase is, so I’m delighted to be back and really, really excited to get going.

“I expect it to be a tough season and I want to come here and make an impact, and help the team get promoted.

“I think now I’m older, I want to bring some leadership qualities from the back. I want to put my mark on the team in terms of communication, passing, defending, and more importantly, helping the team get clean sheets.”

Walker signed from Sky Bet League One side Burton Albion. After playing youth football with Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham, the 26-year-old has also represented Dagenham & Redbridge and Barnet.

“It feels good and it’s been a long time coming! I knew there was interest in January, but unfortunately, we couldn’t get it done. Now the embargo has been lifted, it’s great to be here,” the told the Blues’ official website.

“I like to play football. I don’t mind going direct, but I like the ball on the floor. I like running in behind, I don’t mind coming to feet, but I’m more of an off-the-shoulder player making runs in behind, and scoring as many goals as possible.

“Without the points deduction, we would have been in the play-offs last season. That shows how much of a strong group they are. I trained this morning and I saw the quality, and hopefully, I can add to the quality that’s already here and do well!”

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Brian Jeeves

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