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Southend United have announced the signing of central defender, Shaun Hobson from Championship outfit, AFC Bournemouth.
The 22-year-old arrives at Roots Hall Stadium on a one-year deal having previously worked with Blues boss, Mark Molesley at both Bournemouth and Weymouth.
Hobson, who gleaned further experience during loan spells at Eastbourne Borough, Chester and Eastleigh, told www.southendunited.co.uk: “This is a great opportunity for me to show what I can do.
“I’ve had a few loans before at Conference level so it’s a step up from where I’ve played before but I’m ready to play in the league.
“The age I’m at, I wanted to get out and play games, and now is the right time.
“I’ve done it in the Conference and I just love playing. I can’t be playing U23 football anymore.”
Meanwhile, boss, Molesley added: “saying: “First and foremost he’s a talented footballer.
“He’s a good age, at 22, where he’s had good experience in his loan moves. He’s a strong boy but also a strong character and I think he’ll be a great fit for the football club.
“We’re trying to grow the football club and we’re trying to grow people and I think Shaun is someone who is very established at the moment but he’s also got a lot further development in himself, so it’s an exciting signing.”