Defender, who has been on trial, has signed a permanent contract with the Club
Southend United are pleased to announce the permanent signing of defender Ben Coker, who has been on trial with the Club.
The 24-year-old has featured in all of Blues’ pre-season games so far and has impressed enough to see Phil Brown had him a permanent contract.
The left-back began his senior career at Histon in 2008, making one appearance for the club before joining Bury Town in 2008.
He made over 65 appearances for them scoring 17 times, before joining Colchester United in 2010.
He went on loan to Chelmsford City in 2010 before going on to make 45 appearances for the U’s, scoring once in the FA Cup.
Last season though Ben struggled to hold down a regular first team place and was released by mutual consent in February.
He re-joined Histon until the end of the season before coming on trial to Blues at the start of pre-season.
Blues boss Brown said Ben had impressed him throughout pre-season so far. He said: “He’s done really well since he’s come in on trial and really put a marker down.
“He has worked extremely hard and I think him and Anthony Straker are starting to form quite a nice partnership on the left-hand side.
“Having Ben sign gives us options as Straker can drop back if needed or Chris Barker can move to left-back. I’m delighted to have signed Ben and I’m sure he’ll do very well.”
Ben himself was also pleased to have earned a contract, saying: “Pre-season has been tough work and I’m just delighted that I’ve done enough to earn a contract.
“I’ve really enjoyed the last few weeks here and I’ve settled in nicely. I’m just looking forward to the season getting underway now.”
An exclusive interview with Ben will be available later.