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Straker Ready to Light up Southend

2 July 2012

New left-back Anthony Straker might have been signing for a Southend United side in League One had things worked out differently last season.

The ex-Aldershot Town defender played in the now infamous floodlight failure match at the Recreation Ground. 

Blues were leading 1-0 against the Shots ten men on Boxing Day when the lights went out at half-time with the match eventually being abandoned. 

United went on to lose the re-arranged fixture 2-0, missing out on automatic promotion by a single point. 

“I think someone forgot to pay the bill that day,” joked Straker who signed a two-year deal this afternoon. 

“Unfortunately for Southend we had to play it again but it was a good match to be involved in. 

“It was never an easy game against Southend but it will be nice to be apart of that now rather than against them.” 

Under the terms of the Bosman ruling a fee will be payable for the left-back as he is under the age of 24. 

Both Aldershot and Southend remain in talks in a bid to agree a price for the 23-year-old, with a tribunal the next option if that is not possible. 

And despite leaving the Recreation Ground after four seasons Straker is now concentrating on Southend having another good season in League Two. 

“Sometimes it comes to that point where you need a fresh challenge and a new start and I felt it was that time now,” he said. 

“Southend got to where they did last season for a reason. 

“I am hoping that they can have another good season and that is why I am here.”

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