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White becomes Brown's first signing

27 June 2013

Phil Brown completes first signing as manager as John White signs a two-year deal starting July 1st

Phil Brown has completed his first signing as manager of Southend United, with the arrival of defender John White on a two-year deal starting on July 1st. 

The 26-year-old right-back enjoyed a six-game loan spell with Blues during the 2009-10 season.

He joins the Club following the expiration of his contract with Essex rivals Colchester United.

John spent nine years at Colchester having come through the youth ranks at the club, and made 255 appearances in total for the U’s.

As well as his loan spell at Blues, John spent four games on loan at Stevenage during the 2007-08 season.

John was loaned to Blues back in 2009 on a one-month loan deal, but returned to Colchester after Aidy Boothroyd replaced the Norwich-bound Paul Lambert as manager.

He went on to make 43 appearances in all competitions for Colchester that season.

John is yet to score a goal in his 265 professional appearances.

Boss Phil Brown was delighted to complete his first signing as he begins to reshape his team for next season.

He said: “John is exactly the type of player we’re looking for here at the Club for the new season.

“He’s a really solid defender who can play anywhere across the back four, but predominantly as a right-back.

“Sean Clohessy served the Club very well but he’s moved on and it’s time for us to do so as well and I’m thrilled that John has joined us.

“I have had very good recommendations from a number of people including Phil Parkinson who said he would have tried to sign him had he been looking for someone in that position.

“It’s good to have him in early because now he’s got five weeks with the lads to get to know them and be ready for the new season.”

An interview with John will be on Blues Player shortly.

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