NEW DEAL FOR STAR STOPPER
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.”