Southend United are delighted to announce that another promising youngster has agreed terms to a professional contract.
Isaac Hutchinson has followed Charlie Kelman by putting pen-to-paper on a deal this season, signing a two-and-a-half year contract.
Hutchinson burst onto the first-team scene in the Checkatrade Trophy against Cambridge United, scoring minutes after coming on as a substitute.
The attacking midfielder has since made nine appearances for Chris Powell’s side, and he expressed his delight at committing his future to the club.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time here since joining in the summer and everyone has helped me massively,” said Hutchinson.
“I’m really pleased, it’s another step in the right direction and hopefully I can push on now."
Hutchinson had been at Brighton & Hove Albion since the age of 10 and spent eight years there before a trial at Blues towards the end of last season which resulted in him moving to Southend.
And he explained how there was interest from overseas but felt Southend was the best place for his development.
“I had an offer from Sparta Prague, so quite a big European club, but I came on trial and really enjoyed it here. Ricky [Duncan] spoke to me a lot and I liked what he said and how the club sounded and wanted to be a part of it.
“I heard about the likes of Elvis [Bwomono] and Dru [Yearwood] and I couldn’t think of a better place to come.
“My debut against Cambridge really kick-started things and I’d like to think since then I’ve improved.
“The gaffer has put a lot of faith in me and given me starts in the league so that speaks for itself.”
Blues manager Chris Powell said: “The story is quite a heart-warming one because Hutch had been at Brighton for a while and got released. He came in after a trial and Rick and Kev saw a player who had a lot of talent who we felt would give an opportunity to, and he’s grabbed it.
“He’s impressed since the first day he’s come here and this season he’s gone up a notch. He’s a creator but he’s got an eye for goal wherever he plays.
“He’s impressed with his work rate, with his quality and with his willingness to improve. He does a lot of extra work which is a good trait to have at a young age and he’s really made a good impression on all the staff at the football club so it’s a contract that is well deserved.”