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Centre midfielder arrives at Roots Hall

25 June 2021

Abu Ogogo has joined Blues on a one-year deal with the option of a second year!

The midfielder arrives in Essex as a free agent after two and a half years at Bristol Rovers. 

Last season the former Wimbledon and Arsenal trainee spent a brief two-month stint on loan at Dagenham & Redbridge in the Vanarama National League.

Ogogo previously enjoyed six years with the Daggers between 2009 and 2015, making over 250 appearances, before joining Shrewsbury Town and then Coventry City three years later.

The 31-year-old is another addition with a wealth of experience, having made over 450 career appearances, and adds defensive and organisational qualities to Phil Brown’s squad.

"I think the best word to use for Abu is pedigree," said the Southend manager. "I have watched and admired him for a long time.

"He’s not a master technician, he’s more of a conduit in midfield to help others play the beautiful game. That's what he did at Shrewsbury in the midfield three they played at the time.

"He goes and gets the ball off the opposition, he knows how to get a regain or a second ball and his experience lends itself to everybody on the field. For me that kind of player is priceless.

"They’re probably never the first name on the teamsheet with supporters because they don’t catch the eye as much, but as far as I’m concerned as a manager he’ll be first on the teamsheet if he keeps his fitness levels to the extent I know he can.

"He’ll be covering as much ground as anybody on the field and he’ll be getting the ball back for the team to play some football.

"He’s a great character, always got a smile on his face and that will brighten things up around the place. Everything about him is the type of character I want at my football club.”

Speaking to Blues TV, Ogogo said: "I’m very very pleased to get the deal done. I was in talks for a little while but as soon as I heard of the interest it was always something that I wanted to pursue and I’m really happy it’s over the line now.

"I met the manager and he was very down to earth. We had a good chat and he basically said the aim is promotion. That is the be all and end all, we need to get back to where we belong and I wanted to be part of that.

"Initially I got a call from Anton [Robinson] a few weeks back to say there was interest and he asked if it would be something I would like to pursue which I said definitely. I came down and had a chat with the gaffer and I knew straight away from that first chat this was where I wanted to play my football.

The midfielder added: "I would describe myself as a ball-winning midfielder. I like to get about the pitch, win the ball back for my team and then give it to the more creative players. I like to be the glue in the team that keeps everything together.”

Ogogo's move to the club will be formalised on 1st July. 

Welcome to Blues, Abu!

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