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Five sign Southend United pre-contracts

Southend United

Southend have signed five players on one-year pre-contract agreements.

Craig Easton, Sofiene Zaaboub, Ryan Hall, Blair Sturrock and Mohsni Bilel have all agreed to join Southend once their transfer embargo is lifted.

Scottish midfielder Easton, 31, left Swindon this summer and will become Southend's captain this season.

Midfielder Zaaboub, 27, and striker Sturrock, 28, son of boss Paul, played under the Scot at Swindon, and 22-year-old midfielder Hall joins from Bromley.

Tunisian centre-back Bilel joins Southend after a successful trial.

Financially struggling Southend only had nine registered players before the move.

Meanwhile, boss Sturrock has revealed that Franck Moussa, Francis Laurent, Jean-Francois Christophe and Stuart O'Keefe want to leave the club and were left out of Friday's 2-0 friendly defeat by Dartford.

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