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 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.
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.
Southend United's Bilel Mohsni is looking forward to his first trip to Wembley for the final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
Paul Sturrock has changed his mind about to manage Southend in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final at Wembley after he was sacked.Read the full story ›
Paul Sturrock has had a change of heart and turned down the chance to manage Southend United in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final at Wembley.
Chairman Ron Martin announced on Sunday that Sturrock had been sacked as boss of the Shrimpers but that, bizarrely, he would return to take charge for the final against Crewe on Sunday 7 April.
A meeting with Southend United chairman Ron Martin at Manchester Airport swayed Phil Brown to become the club's new manager.
Brown was preparing to travel for a coaching assignment in the South African townships, but chose to get back on the football manager treadmill. Watch Donovan Blake's report.
Southend United's new manager Phil Brown revealed that he was asked about taking the job earlier in his managerial career.
Brown, who was unveiled at a new conference at Roots Hall, said that the opportunity first came after losing his job at Hull City.
"I spoke to the chairman Ron Martin three years ago when I was on gardening leave at Hull," Brown said.
"I looked at the challenge then but wasn't sure about moving from the Premier League to a lower division.
"But his ambitions for this club were clear for me then as they are now."
Brown also confirmed that he'd spoken to former boss Paul Sturrock about the Johnstone's Paints Trophy Final at Wembley.
"Strange things do happen in football. It's a subject that was broached to me when I spoke about the position," Brown added.
Southend United Manager Phil Brown speaking at his first press conference this morning.