Southend United are delighted to announce that Lewis Gard has signed a new one-year contract with an option of a second year.
Basildon-based Gard came through the youth ranks at Blues, since the age of eight and made his League One debut against Oldham Athletic in April 2018.
The 20-year-old energetic midfielder also came off the substitutes bench in the following game, away to Bradford City, before featuring in both of Blues’ first two EFL Trophy fixtures in 2018/19.
Unfortunately, twin medial ligament damage suffered in the match against Colchester United in that competition meant Gard started 2019/20 in the treatment room following surgery.
Gard, recovered from the injury and was back in the line-up against Oxford United in February, scoring a memorable goal on his return to action before also playing against Bristol Rovers ahead of the curtailment of the season.
Lewis spoke to the Southend Echo Newspaper and said, “I’m really happy to have got the deal done. It’s been going on for a couple of weeks now and I’m really happy it’s all been sorted so I can play for another year. I can’t wait to get going again.
“It was really annoying everything had to stop after I’d had those two games. I felt like I was playing well when it got cut short but I’m happy I at least got those games because without them it could’ve been a completely different story for me now.
“We got the win in what turned out to be the last game and I was happy to get a goal against Oxford too. That gave me a lot of confidence and hopefully I’ll still be confident when we get back to it.”