Brown pens Southend deal

Southend youngster Ellis Brown has agreed a one-year professional deal with the Shrimpers.

The former Charlton youth product impressed boss Phil Brown having been brought in by academy manager Ricky Duncan.

"Ellis has come in after impressing Ricky Duncan," Brown told the club's official website. "He then trained with the first-team a couple of times and was extremely impressive.

"He stayed with the first-team, trained with us and in training games and has given John Egan and Jakub Sokolik real problems.

"His pace is one of his strongest attributes but he also has a real technical side to his game.

"I'm pleased we've been able to bring him to the club after he left Charlton. He's an exciting prospect."