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Ranger commits his future to Southend United

Nile Ranger is staying at Southend. Credit: PA

Southend United striker Nile Ranger has agreed a new contract with the club.

The 25-year-old initially joined the Shrimpers in the summer following a trial but has impressed enough to earn a fresh deal that will run until 2020.

The former Newcastle United youngster has scored twice in his nine appearances for Southend and has helped Phil Brown's side climb to the brink of the play-off spots.

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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Defender Thompson extends Southend United deal

Adam Thompson is staying at Roots Hall. Credit: PA

Southend United defender Adam Thompson has signed a one-year contract extension with the club.

The 23-year-old has been a key member of the Shrimpers backline in recent months, and has also scored twice this season.

The new deal will keep Thompson at Roots Hall until the summer of 2017.

I'm buzzing to have extended my deal.

I knew there was an option for another year, and that I had to work hard to get that option and I'm just glad the club thinks I deserve it.

Hopefully next year, using this season as a marker, we can kick on and challenge for promotion.

– Adam Thompson, Southend United

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Southend United star Leonard facing long spell on the sidelines

Ryan Leonard will be missing until April. Credit: PA

Southend United midfielder Ryan Leonard has been ruled out for up to three months with a knee injury.

The 23-year-old was injured courtesy of a heavy challenge from Colchester United's Alex Gilbey during Saturday's Essex derby.

Gilbey was shown a straight red card.

Scans have revealed that Leonard sustained medial ligament damage.

Norwich City striker Loza returns to Southend United on loan

Jamar Loza celebrates his only senior goal for Norwich City at Huddersfield Town last season. Credit: PA

Norwich City striker Jamar Loza has joined Southend United on loan until the end of the season.

Loza is no stranger to Roots Hall, having also spent time on loan there in 2014.

The deal includes the option for a permanent move in the summer.

"I've worked with Jamar before, he's a likeable guy. He comes in with a smile on his face, trains with a smile on his face and plays with a smile on his face.

He knows us well, we know him well, we know he's got pace and a eye for goal. He leads the line, he's gets in behind, and he's a threat with his goal prowess.

We thought it was a no brainer to bring in Jamar until the end of the season, it provides us an opportunity to know and understand the player even more whilst forming a basis for continuity once the loan period comes to an end with a view to a permanent deal at the end of it."

– Phil Brown, Southend United manager

Prosser in Northampton Town move while Pigott joins Luton Town

Luke Prosser lifts the League Two play-off trophy. Credit: PA

Southend United centre-back Luke Prosser has joined Northampton Town on loan until the end of the season.

The 27-year-old has been with the Shrimpers since 2010, but has found first team opportunities harded to come by this season in League One.

Prosser's contract at Roots Hall expires in the summer.

"I'm really pleased to bring Luke in.

I have been an admirer of his for a while and this is another signing that will strengthen us at a key time in the season.

As James Collins did, Luke also won promotion from this level last season, and that knowledge and experience can only help us.

We have a really hectic schedule coming up, and to be able to add Luke's ability, knowhow and experience to the squad is a big boost and a huge help to the players who are already here and have done so well to get us to the position we are in."

– Chris Wilder, Northampton Town manager
Joe Pigott will spend the rest of the season at Luton Town. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, former Southend loan star Joe Pigott will spend the rest of the campaign at Luton Town.

Pigott has signed on loan from Charlton Athletic and helped Southend gain promotion from League Two last season.

“I’ve worked before Joe before. He’s an excellent young striker who has scored goals wherever he has been.

He’s been brought into the Club because he is the type of player we want here. He fits all of our criteria and adds competition to an area we are already very strong in."

– Nathan Jones, Luton Town manager

Elsewhere, Stevenage defender Jamie McCombe has left the club by mutual consent.

Southend United bring in Premier League left-back Hendrie

Stephen Hendrie has agreed to join Southend United on loan. Credit: Southend United

Southend United have completed the loan signing of West Ham United defender Stephen Hendrie.

The left-back joined the Hammers in the summer from Hamilton Academical but has struggled for first team opportunities.

Hendrie will spend the next month at Roots Hall and help cover for the injured Ben Coker.

"I’m absolutely delighted.

He comes here making his English debut, having not played first team football since he left Hamilton Academical.

I spoke to his former manager, Alex Neil, last night about him, to ask about the type character we’re bringing in.

He says he’s a solid character, reliable, got bags of energy and probably his biggest asset will be his legs, as he can run all day."

– Phil Brown, Southend United manager

Meanwhile, Stevenage have signed Forest Green Rovers striker Aaron O’Connor on an initail month's loan.

Brett Williams has moved in the opposite direction.

Millwall winger Lee Martin has joined Northampton Town on a month's loan.

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