SOUTHEND UNITED have confirmed that a number of their promising youngsters have been offered professional contracts with the Sky Bet League One club.
The Blues relied heavily on younger players shortly before the suspension of football, with supporters quick to notice the overall improvement both in attitude and performance throughout the squad.
Third-year scholars Matt Rush, Terrell Egbri, Miles Mitchell-Nelson, Jon Benton, Ide Osimeh, Harry Seaden, Emile Acquah and O’Shane Stewart have been handed professional deals. Meanwhile, Tom Clifford, Lewis Gard, Harry Phillips, Rob Howard and Michael Klass have each been offered re-engagement for a further year, plus club options of an additional year.
Southend has also retained several second-year scholars for a third-year, including Callum Taylor, Sam Brogan, Freddy Eastwood, Ben Dabbs, Reiss Chandler and Issa Mpenga.
Academy Manager, Ricky Duncan, heaped praise on Chairman, Ron Martin, over securing the player’s futures during the current uncertainty, telling www.southendunited.co.uk; “Ron has had a big part to play in this so I can’t thank him enough,” he said.
“Considering all that’s going on in the world at the moment, it’s really positive news that we’ve got the chance to offer these young players new deals.
“We’re all going through a tough time at the moment but I think this shows the trust the club has in the Academy.”