Hobson pens new Blues deal

Southend United defender Shaun Hobson has signed a new two-year deal with Vanarama National League outfit, Southend United.

The 22-year-old featured 48 times for Southend during the last campaign. Despite the Roots Hall Stadium club losing their EFL status, Hobson impressed the Blues supporters who named him as their Player of the Year.

On committing his future to the club, Hobson said: “I’m very happy to get it done. It’s been an up and down last week but I’m glad to get signed for next season.

“There’s a lot of unfinished business. For myself, I need to learn more, get more experience. I thought it was disappointing last season. It started off bad and went viral for the wrong reasons and as a team, we shouldn’t have been in the position we were in so I’m looking at next season to bounce back.

“Promotion has to be the mentality from day one. Not even day one, but from now. Everyone has to do what they have to do to get back in the league where this club belongs.

“One of the reasons to come back was to work with the manager, an ex-Premier League manager with a lot of experience behind him from playing and managing. I feel like I can learn, I feel like I can develop as a person and also as a player under him.”

The former AFC Bournemouth players added: “Me and the gaffer spoke before leaving for the off-season about clarity in the mind. In the past, I’ve been all over the place and I felt like I needed to be settled, in my mind, to know this is my goal and this is where I’m going to be. This is what this contract does for me.”

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Brian Jeeves

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