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SIGNING | Inniss excited for the season ahead

1 September 2016

Defender, Ryan Inniss discusses his move to Roots Hall.

Blues’ new signing Ryan Inniss is looking forward to the season ahead after joining the Club from Crystal Palace on loan until the end of the campaign.

The Deadline Day defender comes to Southend having represented England at youth level and gained a good level of experience playing in the EFL after loan spells at Cheltenham Town, Luton Town, Gillingham, Yeovil Town and Port Vale.

Inniss, who operates at centre-back, spent the 2015/16 season at the Valiants, featuring 17 times and registering five clean sheets. His time at the club was unfortunately hampered by a hamstring injury which has delayed his pre-season preparations this time around.

Now back fit, the 21-year-old, who has previously played with Club Captain Adam Barrett in his time at Gills, is looking forward to teaming up with him again and the rest of the Blues team for 2016/17.

“There has been a bit of interest for a while but it’s been a bit frustrating for me because I’m just coming back from an injury from last season which has hindered my progression.

“It’s been tough, but I knew there was interest early on and I was very interested in coming here so it was just a case of getting the finer details done and I’m pleased it got over the line.

“Obviously selfishly I don’t want to get injured and also from the club’s point of view if I came earlier and broke down it would be no good to either of us.

“I had a game on Tuesday and got some further minutes so I feel much better off this week than I was say three weeks ago if we had got the deal done early.

“I will never say I’m not ready to play 90 minutes that’s just the type of character I am.

“I’m under no illusions that I will walk straight into the team or anything like that so when the Manager sees fit I am happy to do whatever he needs me to do.

“I was with Adam Barrett very early on in my career at Gillingham and he was unbelievable with me.

“So he was one of the big factors in me coming here, he’s a great man and a good player so he will be good to play with.”

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