NEW DEAL FOR STAR STOP­PER

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

ENG­LAND Un­der-20 goal­keeper Ted Smith in­sists he is up for the bat­tle for the No.1 jersey at Southend United af­ter ink­ing a new three-year deal.

The 19-year-old, who has been named in the na­tional U20 side for a tour­na­ment in Ger­many, has made four first-team ap­pear­ances since com­ing through the Shrimpers’ youth ranks.

But the tal­ented stop­per has the in-form Dan Bent­ley for com­pe­ti­tion in goal at Roots Hall.

“I’ve been here for eight years and I’m de­lighted to ex­tend my stay,” he said. “I want the jersey.

“Dan is do­ing bril­liantly and if he takes a knock then I need to be ready to step in.”

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