Coker earns Shrimpers deal

Southend have signed free-agent defender Ben Coker after a successful trial at Roots Hall.

Last Updated: 15/07/13 at 17:59

Ben Coker: Joins the Shrimpers on a free transfer

Ben Coker: Joins the Shrimpers on a free transfer

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The 24-year-old left-back has been without a club since he was released by Colchester in February but has featured in all of the Shrimpers' pre-season friendlies so far.

Boss Phil Brown told the club's official website: "He's done really well since he's come in on trial and really put a marker down.

"He has worked extremely hard and I think him and Anthony Straker are starting to form quite a nice partnership on the left-hand side.

"Having Ben sign gives us options as Straker can drop back if needed or Chris Barker can move to left-back. I'm delighted to have signed Ben and I'm sure he'll do very well."

And Coker is looking forward to the proper action getting underway.

"Pre-season has been tough work and I'm just delighted that I've done enough to earn a contract," he added.

"I've really enjoyed the last few weeks here and I've settled in nicely. I'm just looking forward to the season getting underway now."

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