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Simon Francis to stay with Southend United

Simon Francis
Francis has made over 120 appearances for Southend since 2006

Southend United right-back Simon Francis will be staying in Essex after failing to agree terms with an unnamed Championship club.

An initial offer was rejected by the Southend board but Francis was then allowed to open negotiations after an improved bid was received.

A club statement read: "Simon was reluctantly given permission to talks to the interested side today.

"It goes without saying we are delighted he will be staying with us."



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