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News: Anthony Straker leaves Blues for York City

12 June 2014

Midfielder's contract had expired and he opted to move to York City

Southend United can confirm that midfielder Anthony Straker has left the club to join fellow League 2 side York City.

The midfielder, who initially joined as a left-back, moved to Roots Hall in 2012 but had a frustrating first year with the club.

But his form, having moved into a left-midfield role under manager Phil Brown, was much better in his second season at Roots Hall.

He had been offered a new deal at Roots Hall, but he opted to sign for York City instead.

Straker made 47 appearances last season, scoring six goals, including one in the play-off semi-final second leg against Burton Albion at Roots Hall.

York were knocked out at the same stage of the play-offs, and Nigel Worthington’s side will be hoping to improve on that next season.

Phil Brown said: "I would like to thank Anthony for all his efforts last season. He had a really successful season, supposedly playing out of position.

"I'd like to wish him well for the future at his new club."

Everyone at the club would like to thank Anthony for his efforts during his two years at Roots Hall, and wish him the very best for the future.

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