Goalkeeper signs new deal to keep him at Southend United until 2016
Southend United are delighted to announce that goalkeeper Daniel Bentley has signed a new 3-year deal that will keep him at Roots Hall until 2016.
Dan joined the Club’s youth system after his release by Arsenal and made his debut against Exeter City during the 2011/12 season.
Last season he made 11 appearances in total and kept the first two clean sheets of his professional career against Bristol Rovers and Aldershot Town.
Fans will also never forget his penalty heroics in both the FA Cup and Johnstone’s Paint Trophy against Bury and Oxford United respectively.
The 20-year-old was delighted to have agreed a new deal with the Club he has supported since he was a boy.
He said: “I’m over the moon to have a signed a new deal. I've been here four and a half years now and I'm delighted to be staying longer.
“I really enjoyed last season, especially the penalty shootout wins and of course keeping my first ever professional clean sheet.
“But my aim this season is to build on that and hold down the number one shirt. Obviously Paul Smith has been out injured in pre-season but we will both push each other this season to be starting on a Saturday.
“The new deal means I’ll be with the Club until at least 2016 and it's great it has all been agreed.”
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