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Liverpool youngster Jakub Sokolik loaned to Southend United

Jakub Sokolik has joined Southend United.
Jakub Sokolik has joined Southend United. Credit: PA

Southend United have signed young Liverpool defender Jakub Sokolik on loan until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old could make his debut in tonight's visit to Scunthorpe United.

Czech centre-back Sokolik joined the Reds' academy from Baník Ostrava in 2009 and played for the Shrimpers in a friendly at Colchester United last week.

Southend United sign Sunderland defender John Egan on loan

John Egan previously played for Crystal Palace on loan.
John Egan previously played for Crystal Palace on loan. Credit: PA

Sunderland defender John Egan has joined League Two side Southend United on loan for a month.

The centre-back has previously enjoyed temporary spells with Crystal Palace, Sheffield United and Bradford City.

The Shrimpers have brought in the 21-year-old following an injury to fellow loanee Cian Bolger, who has now returned to Bolton Wanderers.

“With Adam Thompson, Luke Prosser, Cian Bolger and Julian Bennett all out injured, we’ve moved as quickly as possible to bring in cover," manager Phil Brown told the club's official website.

“John is the type of defender I like to have in my side, and I’m sure he’ll fit straight in.

“He’s a no-nonsense type of defender but at the same time he can get the ball down and play out from the back."

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Southend United seal permanent Adam Thompson deal

Adam Thompson has signed for Southend United on a permanent basis.
Adam Thompson has signed for Southend United on a permanent basis. Credit: PA

Southend United have completed the permanent signing of on-loan Watford defender Adam Thompson for an undisclosed fee.

The 21-year-old has impressed at Roots Hall since initially joining in August, and the Shrimpers reportedly had to beat off competition from other clubs to land his signature on a full time basis.

Northern Ireland international Thompson has penned an 18-month contract with the League Two promotion chasers.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with Southend United and it’s the best I’ve ever felt in my career," he told the club's official website.

“I knew quite a while ago that I would be really interested in joining the club on a permanent basis so I’m delighted it has happened.

“It’s really important for my progression that I work as hard as I can to become a regular in the team and help Southend achieve promotion this season.”

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Southend United striker retires

Neil Harris has retired from football
Neil Harris has retired from football Credit: PA

Southend United striker Neil Harris has retired from football.

The 35-year-old has found it hard to recover from a knee injury sustained last season, and has now decided to call time on his career.

The former Cambridge City forward will be best remembered for his time at Millwall, where he netted an impressive 138 goals in two spells with the club.

Southend host Plymouth on opening day

Southend United fans
Southend United fans Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Southend are at home to Plymouth on the the opening day of their League 2 season on August 3rd.

They play AFC Wimbledon away on Boxing Day and and Burton Albion at home on the final day of the season.

Read: Southend's full fixture list here

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Shrimpers net unique Fergie record

Freddy Eastwood for Southend battles with United's Wes Brown Credit: PA/EMPICS

With Sir Alex Ferguson blowing the final whistle on his illustrious career at Old Trafford, Southend United have a unique record which now cannot be broken.

The Essex league Two side are the only British team Manchester United faced during Sir Alex's time in charge and didn't beat!

Southend played United in 2006 in the Carling Cup Fourth Round at Roots Hall, winning 1-0 thanks to a Freddy Eastwood strike.

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