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Anton Ferdinand: Southend United captain agrees new deal

Anton Ferdinand captained Southend last season. Credit: PA

Southend United captain Anton Ferdinand has agreed a new two-year contract with the League One club.

The experienced centre-back made 36 appearances for the Shrimpers last season after joining on a free transfer.

His form helped Phil Brown's side to a seventh-place finish and Ferdinand is hoping for even better in 2017/18.

Ferdinand is a popular figure at Roots Hall. Credit: PA

I had a fantastic time here last season. As I’ve said before, when the gaffer asked me to sign over a year ago, it was because of him that I joined Southend.

The feeling I got off of him was one of reassurance, one of confidence and a real football man. He showed that to me throughout the season so I was keen to get the deal done to work with him for another couple of years.

I spoke with the Chairman last week and met with him again today. We are all singing from the same hymn sheet and excited by the challenges to take this club into the Championship.

– Anton Ferdinand, Southend United

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