There was a time when Ipswich were our feeder club, but now it appears to be Southend with that dubious honour, after the signing of right back Francis today, making it five new players to arrive at the Valley in the close season, two of them from that place with the pier. I can't say that Francis stuck out in my mind from our encounters last season, but that may not necessarily be a bad thing.
Oh, and suddenly we have a sixth in the shape of Abbott from Oldham signed less than seven hours later. Not quite the 20 a season striker we need, more a Bailey replacement in terms of the goals he is likely to contribute, but hopefully the next signing will be the one to trouble the upper reaches of the goalscorer of the season charts.
Contract End 2011
Jackson (Contract length not known)
Reid (Contract length not known)
Contract End 2012
First Pro Contract