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Southend United bring in free agent Fortuné

Marc-Antoine Fortuné has joined Southend United on a free transfer. Credit: PA

Southend United have signed former West Brom and Celtic striker Marc-Antoine Fortuné on a deal until January.

The 35-year-old impressed on trial at Roots Hall and has done enough to earn a short-term contract.

Fortuné has also played for the likes of Wigan Athletic and Coventry City and could make his Southend debut against Peterborough United on Saturday.

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England captain Cook signs new Essex deal

Alastair Cook is staying at Essex. Credit: PA

England captain Alastair Cook has signed a new contract with Essex.

The 31-year-old made his debut for the county back in 2003 after coming through the academy.

Cook scored 643 runs in just seven games last season as Essex stormed to the County Championship Division Two title.

Cook's new deal will run until the end of the 2018 season.

It was an easy decision to sign with the club for another year. Although I am away with England a lot, this club means a lot to me and I am grateful for the opportunity they gave me as a youngster.

I love coming back to the club when I can and contributing to a title winning season meant a great deal.

– Alastair Cook, Essex
Ben Duckett had a remarkable season in the County Championship. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, Northamptonshire batsman Ben Duckett has been named the Cricket Writers' Club Young Player of the Year.

The 21-year-old enjoyed an incredible season at Northants, making 1,338 runs in the County Championship.

He could make his England debut this winter after being called up for the upcoming tour of Bangladesh.

Cambridgeshire's Charlotte Edwards has made history too - she won the inaugral women's prize.

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