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Academy Players Retained

Blues show faith in young players

17 May 2020

Southend United are delighted to announce a number of Academy players have been offered new contracts.

After a season in which Academy graduates have come to the fore in Sol Campbell’s first-team, acquitting themselves superbly with their talent and determination, the Club are pleased to once again show commitment in its promising youngsters.

In total eight third-year scholars have been offered professional contracts, some to players who made their first-team debuts in the 2019/20 season.

Offers of re-engagement for a futher year, plus club options of an additional year, have been sent to Tom Clifford, Lewis Gard, Harry Phillips, Rob Howard and Michael Klass.

Third year scholars being offered their first professional contracts are Matt Rush, Terrell Egbri, Miles Mitchell-Nelson, Jon Benton, Ide Osimeh, Harry Seaden, Emile Acquah and O’Shane Stewart.

Retained second-year scholars for a third-year are Callum Taylor, Sam Brogan, Freddy Eastwood, Ben Dabbs, Reiss Chandler and Issa Mpenga.

And Ricky Duncan was delighted with the support from Chairman Ron Martin, even more so in the current difficult climate.

"Ron has had a big part to play in this so I can’t thank him enough,” he said.

"Considering all that’s going on in the world at the moment, it’s really positive news that we’ve got the chance to offer these young players new deals.

"We’re all going through a tough time at the moment but I think this shows the trust the club has in the Academy.”

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