Blues bring in frontman Akinola

Southend United have bolstered their attacking options with the signing of former Barnet forward, Simeon Akinola.

Akinola netted 17 times for the B’s during the last campaign. He arrives at Roots Hall Stadium on a two-year deal with the option of a third.

Prior to joining Barnet in 2017, the 28-year-old represented Braintree Town, helping the Iron to the National League play-offs in 2016.

Speaking to www.southendunited.co.uk after completing his move, the Nigerian-born player enthused: I’m here and I’m really hungry to prove myself for myself if nothing else,” he said.

“I like to get the fans off their seats and I really hope we can do something special.

“League Two is a league I know and am familiar with so I’m hoping that will help me do well.

“I’ve had good seasons both from the left and also up front. Last season I was up front and managed to score a good number of goals.

He added: “Southend is a massive club. I had a conversation with the gaffer and he didn’t really have to sell it to me.

“Hopefully we can kick on this season and do something special.”

Meanwhile, Blues boss, Mark Molesley, added: “I’m delighted to bring Sim in.

“Not only is he a good player, I think he’s the right character and right fit for the football club.

“He’s very keen to progress his career and he brings a lot of value to our group.

“He can play out wide and he can also play up front. He’s very athletic and can score as well as create goals.

“He’s one for the fans to be excited about and he further adds to our attacking threat.”

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Brian Jeeves

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