Confirmation of players set to leave Blues.Southend United can confirm that Kevan Hurst, Noel Hunt, Myles Weston, Cian Bolger, Luke Prosser and Jamar Loza will leave the club after the expiration of their current contracts at Roots Hall this summer.
The club and Gary Deegan have agreed to have his contract terminated by mutual consent. The midfielder made 53 appearances for the Blues and was part of the side that secured promotion to Sky Bet League 1 in 2015.
Kevan Hurst made 151 appearances in four years at Southend, scoring 19 goals. The creative midfielder was part of the side who made it to Wembley for the 2013 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final and played 30 times in the promotion winning season of 2014/15.
Noel Hunt joined Southend last summer following his release from Ipswich Town. The striker, who possesses an impressive CV having played in the top two divisions of English Football and the Scottish top flight made 22 appearances for Blues scoring four times.
Myles Weston spent two seasons at Roots Hall featuring 60 times. The winger played a vital role in the build-up to Joe Pigott’s last gasp equaliser at Wembley last season and made 20 appearances in League 1, though he missed a large part of the campaign with a foot injury.
Cian Bolger signed from Bolton Wanderers in 2014 and made 51 appearances for the Blues. The defender made 25 appearances this season for Southend, keeping seven clean sheets in that time before moving to Bury on loan in March.
Luke Prosser made 164 appearances for Southend in six years at the club. The defender had featured 16 times for Phil Brown’s side in 2015/16, scoring twice. The defender joined Northampton Town in January and helped secure automatic promotion to League One for the Cobblers.
Jamar Loza arrived on loan from Norwich City in January for his second spell at the club. Loza had been on loan at Roots Hall in 2014, making seven appearances and scoring once in a 3-0 victory over Oxford United. Loza played 12 times for Blues this season. Southend United had the option to make the move permanent following the completion of the loan, but the club has decided not to take that offer up.
Sam McQueen and Glen Kamara will also return to their parent clubs after their loan deals ended with Southend.
Southend United Manager Phil Brown, now building for the 2016/17 campaign, felt the time was right for a change for both the club and the players.
“I just feel with the way we finished the season, for me it’s time to move the club in a different direction and take the club forward again.
“I just feel we were a little bit stagnate at the end of the season and it is time for me to stir up the water again.
“Now it’s up to the players who are now left at the football club plus the new players we are targeting to take the club to the next level.”
Southend United would like to thank the players for all their efforts during their time spent at the club and wish them all the very best for the future.