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News: Trio offered professional contracts

28 April 2014

Jack Bridge, Jason Williams and Josh Banton offered pro deals, with Kane Farrell offered a third-year development contract

Southend United Football Club is pleased to confirm that Jack Bridge, Josh Banton and Jason Williams have all been offered professional contracts by first-team manager Phil Brown.

Along with goalkeeper Ted Smith, who signed his first professional deal with the club back in January, the three have impressed Brown for Ricky Duncan’s under-18 side.

Left-back Kane Farrell has been offered a third-year development contract for next season, following an impressive campaign.

Williams, a pacy striker, has featured for the first-team this season, making a substitute appearance against Exeter City at Roots Hall earlier this year.

Bridge, a midfielder who made 50 appearances for the under-18’s, has been involved on a number of occasions this season with the first-team, while Banton, a defender, has also been part of Brown’s squad for a handful of matchdays this season.

Brown said: “I’m delighted to be able to offer these young lads professional deals because they’ve worked extremely hard and have impressed not only me, but all the coaching team here at the club.

“All four of the lads have done very well for Ricky Duncan’s under-18’s, and spent time in the development squad this year which has aided their progress.

“They’ve worked hard to be offered these deals but they must continue that now, and I’m sure they will do just that.”

Duncan added: “I’m delighted that these lads have been given the opportunity to develop here at Southend United.

“They’ve been excellent this season and I do believe they have the potential to do very well for Southend United.”

The players will be presented to the crowd before Saturday’s game against Burton Albion.

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