Leonard pens Southend extension

Southend midfielder Ryan Leonard has put pen to paper on a new deal which will keep him at Roots Hall until the summer of 2017.

Last Updated: 07/03/14 at 17:16

Ryan Leonard: New Shrimpers deal

Ryan Leonard: New Shrimpers deal

Leonard, 21, has made 70 league appearance for the Shrimpers since joining the League Two side from Plymouth Argyle in 2011.

Upon signing the three-and-a-half year contract, Leonard told the club's official website: "I'm delighted to have signed a new contract because I've really enjoyed my time with Southend."

Leonard moved to the club as a right-back but has since become a holding midfield player and has thrived in his new position.

He added: "I've had the best season of my career so far and have managed to keep my place in the starting line-up in a position I only really moved to under the new manager in the summer.

"I want to continue my development and I feel that Southend United is the perfect place for me to do that."

United boss Phil Brown was delighted to secure Leonard's signature. He said: "Ryan has been a big player for us this season and has gone from a right-back when he signed to an important figure in the middle of midfield.

"He's got a big future in the game and I'm delighted that he's going to be staying with us for the future."

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