Nathan Bishop has penned a long-term contract at Southend United – his first professional deal.
The 18-year-old goalkeeper, who made his debut away at Scunthorpe United last season, has put pen to paper on a three-year deal which includes the option of another year.
Bishop appeared on the bench for the majority of the campaign alongside playing games between the sticks for the U23s.
On signing his new deal, Bishop said: “I’m really excited. It’s something I’ve always wanted and dreamt of so I’m really excited to get going again.
“It was a season of amazing opportunities for me. It’s a real shame that Ted [Smith] got injured but it gave an opportunity to me to try and push on and show what I can do.
“I learnt so much from it.
“When you go back to playing in the U23s and playing games after being around the first team you take discipline into the side.
“You learn how to talk to people, how to be in a changing room environment and how to communicate with people better.
“I think that’s the most important thing when you want to make it and keep clean sheets.”
He added: “It feels brilliant, it’s exciting and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me here.”