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Southend United reject Hull City approach for goalkeeper Bentley

Daniel Bentley. Credit: PA

Southend United Chairman Ron Martin says that the club have turned down a bid from Championship side Hull City for their highly-rated goalkeeper Daniel Bentley.

It's believed that Tigers boss Steve Bruce watched the 22-year-old in action in Southend's friendly against West Ham United on Saturday.

Speaking to the Southend Echo, Martin confirmed that the Shrimpers have rejected an initial offer for Bentley.

“Steve Bruce spoke to Phil Brown and Steve Kavanagh but we’ve said no to the offer."

– Ron Martin, Southend United

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Southend United assistant manager Dave Penney moves on

Dave Penney. Credit: PA Images

Southend United have parted company with assistant manager Dave Penney after his contract with the League one club expired.

The 50-year-old former Doncaster and Bristol Rovers manager joined the Shrimpers in 2013, and was part of Phil Brown's back room staff as they won promotion via the play-offs in 2014-15.

But Wakefield-born Penney has decided to return to West Yorkshire from Essex.

Southend United midfielder Timlin pens new deal

Michael Timlin. Credit: PA

Southend United midfielder Michael Timlin has signed a new two-year contract with the club.

The 30-year-old has played over 150 games for the Shrimpers since joining from Swindon Town.

Timlin helped Southend gain promotion to League One last season.

"I'm looking forward to next season with the exciting signings the gaffer wants to make to add to an already strong squad. I was fortunate to have the most interest I've ever had. The clubs interested in me got into double figures but I said to my agent to let me enjoy my break and to get things done when I returned.

I had a great two weeks off then I sat down with my agent.”

– Michael Timlin, Southend United
David Mooney in action for Leyton Orient. Credit: PA

Southend United have also sealed a deal to bring former Colchester United and Norwich City striker David Mooney to the club on a free transfer.

The Irishman has agreed a two-year contract at Roots Hall.

Southend United boss Brown pens new deal to stay at Roots Hall

Phil Brown celebrates victory over Wycombe Wanderers at Wembley. Credit: PA

Southend United manager Phil Brown has agreed a new three-year contract with the club.

The former Hull City boss guided the Shrimpers to promotion last season with victory in the League Two play-offs.

Brown's side will travel to Fleetwood Town on the opening day of the League One campaign.

"It's been a long process, but I'm really pleased to be staying at Southend United long-term.

I've really enjoyed my time at the Club so far and hopefully we can make some more memories together not just next season but beyond that as well.”

– Phil Brown, Southend United manager

Four more arrests over attack which left Cambridge United fan in a coma

Simon Dobbin (centre) at a Cambridge United match.

Four more people have been arrested in connection with an attack which left a Cambridge United fan in a coma.

42-year-old Simon Dobbin was assaulted by a group of men outside a pub in Southend back in March.

He'd been watching his team play at Roots Hall.

He's still in hospital where's he's in a serious but stable condition.

Today, four men from Essex were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder- meaning eight have been arrested in total.

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Southend United through to League Two play-off final at Wembley

Southend United will play in the final on May 23. Credit: PA

Southend United fans are planning for a day out at Wembley after making it through to the League Two play-off final.

More than 8,000 fans were in attendance to see Southend beat Stevenage at Roots Hall to win 4-2 over the two legs.

In dreadful conditions the first goal of the game was scored by Stevenage's Tom Pett after a bit of ping pong in the Southend box in the second half.

Michael Timlin celebrates scoring Southend United's third. Credit: PA

But just like the first leg they couldn't hold onto the lead with Ryan Leonard levelling soon after.

Stephen McLaughlin scored to make it 2-1 in extra time and then Michael Timlin, injured in the first match, scored another to make it 3-1 on the night and 4-2 the final score over the two legs and to take Southend into the League Two play off final.

Southend will now play Wycombe Wanderers at Wembley Stadium on May 23.

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