Striker Craig Reid has joined on a free transfer and becomes Phil Brown's fourth summer signing
Manager Phil Brown has today (Thursday) completed his fourth signing of the summer, with the arrival of striker Craig Reid.
The 27-year-old striker joins after his contract at Aldershot Town was terminated by mutual consent.
He has signed a one-year contract with the option of a further year based on various clauses.
Reid played 45 times for Aldershot last season and despite their relegation he scored 12 goals, including a hat-trick against Torquay United.
Reid began his career at Coventry City but didn’t make a first-team appearance and was loaned out to Tamworth in 2006.
In 2007 he joined Cheltenham Town and made 18 appearances in total during two seasons at the club, scoring once.
The striker then joined Grays Athletic in 2008 but made just three appearances before moving to Newport County. In 112 games for the Welsh club, he scored 66 goals, including 27 in all competitions during the 2009/10 season.
His form earned him a move to Stevenage where he made 57 appearances, scoring nine times, before leaving in 2012 to link up with Aldershot.
Reid was delighted to be back in the Football League again, following Aldershot’s relegation, saying: “I’m pleased to have signed a deal with Southend United and I can’t wait to get started.
“Last season was tough with everything that went on at Aldershot but I’m very happy to be back in the Football League with Southend and hopefully we can have a successful season.
“Hopefully I can score goals and show the fans what I can really do. I can’t wait for the season to get started against Plymouth on Saturday.”
Blues boss Brown added: “I’m delighted to have signed Craig. He’s scored goals at this level last season in a side battling relegation and was very prolific when he played for Newport County.
“Along with Freddy Eastwood and Barry Corr we’ve now got three strikers who have performed at a high level in this division and we’ve also got young Seedy Njie. Things are starting to come together and I’m very pleased Craig has decided to come to Roots Hall.
“He will give us something different up top and I’m sure he’ll do well for the Club.”