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Eastwood: Great to have a chance to thank the fans

14 June 2014

Blues legend looking forward to coming back to Roots Hall for the final time...

Freddy Eastwood says he is looking forward to having the chance to say a final goodbye to Southend United’s supporters.

The striker left the club at the end of the season following the expiration of his contract, but he will return for a final time to Roots Hall when Blues take on Ipswich Town in a pre-season friendly.

A legend at the club, Freddy is pleased he’ll be able to thank supporters for their backing during his two spells with the club.

He said: “The Gaffer called me up and asked if I’d be interested in having a send-off at Roots Hall for the game against Ipswich Town.

“I was delighted to be offered the opportunity, because I didn’t really have the chance to say goodbye at the end of the season.

“We all hoped it would be at Wembley, but that proved not to be the case, so I’m delighted at the prospect of appearing at Roots Hall one final time for Southend United.

"The only time I thought I would be back at Roots Hall from now on was to watch, so it's great to know I'll be playing on the pitch again.

“The fans have been brilliant to me throughout both my spells with the club, so it’s a great opportunity for me to say thank you for their support.

“I’m sure it’ll be an emotional day for myself, but it is one I’m really looking forward to being a part of.”

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy was the man to sign Freddy from Roots Hall during his first spell with the club, and the striker is looking forward to meeting up with his former boss.

He said: “Mick was the one who took me away from Roots Hall first time round. I really enjoyed working with him. We got on well, so it’ll be nice to see him again.”

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