Blues recruit frontman Dalby

Southend United have bolstered their attacking options with the signing of former Leyton Orient man, Sam Dalby on a two-year deal.

Dalby appeared 18 times for the O’s before heading to Leeds United in January 2016. A loan deal with Morecambe followed before the player joined Watford in early 2019 where he would largely feature in the Hornets under 23 side.

Speaking to www.southendunited.co.uk about the move, the 21-year-old said: “I’m really happy and looking forward to helping the club achieve its goals.

“I’ve still got a lot to learn, I’m only 21-years-old so I think this can be the place where I learn my craft and start scoring a few goals.”

Meanwhile, Blues boss, Phil Brown added: “I’ve got a look of a young Barry Corr.

“He’s a big, strong, 6ft 2/6ft 3 hold up player, decent in the air which is going to be a bonus in both boxes.

“We’ve tracked him, it’s got to be said since the day Orient beat us 6-0 in the FA Youth Cup back in my first spell as manager of Southend United. We wanted to put a bid in for him then so we’ve been tracking his progress.

“We want him to play the kind of football he has been for the U18 and U23 sides he’s been at, with us at adult level in the real world as it were. That’s our biggest challenge.

“He’s got fantastic talent and we’ve just got to get it out.

“We’ve signed a lot of experienced players in their 30’s, and we’re now getting somebody who I think has got absolute resale value if we can work this project for the next two or three years, he could be a pinnacle figurehead in the strike force.”

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Brian Jeeves

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