Defender has left the club following the termination of his contract by mutual consent
Southend United can today (Friday) confirm that Chris Barker has left the club following the termination of his contract by mutual consent.
Barker was contracted with the club until the end of the 2013/14 season, but will now be free to join another club.
Manager Phil Brown decided Barker was not in his plans for the current campaign but today praised the 33-year-old for his professionalism.
He said: “I just felt the time was right to try and move this club forward and unfortunately for Chris he wasn’t going to be part of those plans.
“He has been extremely professional since we spoke about the upcoming season and has continued to work extremely hard in training.
“He’s had an excellent career with Southend and has been a big part of the club for the past three seasons. I know the fans truly appreciate the efforts he has put in since he joined in 2010.
“I would personally like to wish him all the best for the future.”
Barker joined Blues in 2010 and was named as the club’s Player of the Year during his first season at Roots Hall.
He was given the captain’s armband by Paul Sturrock ahead of the 2011/12 season and skippered Blues to the play-off semi finals before defeat to Crewe.
He scored his only goal for Southend during that play-off defeat to Crewe Alexandra.
Last year he made 29 appearances and led the team out at Wembley in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final.
The club would like to thank Chris for his tremendous efforts during his three years at Roots Hall.
We hope he finds another club quickly and we wish him all the very best for the future.