Southend United closing in on former Gillingham winger Myles Weston

Myles Weston - close to joining Southend United

Myles Weston - close to joining Southend United

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SOUTHEND United are closing in on former Gillingham winger Myles Weston as a replacement for Anthony Straker.

Straker turned down the Shrimpers’ offer a new contract to sign a two year deal with the Minstermen.

But the Echo understands Weston is soon set to sign a deal at Roots Hall.

The 26-year-old was released by the Gills at the end of last season and is therefore available on a free transfer.

Weston, who represented England at under 16, 17, 18 and 19 age groups during his youth, made 43 appearances for Gillingham last season but was not offered a new deal by manager Peter Taylor.

Oxford United are also believed to be interested in signing the winger who has also played for Notts County and Brentford but Blues are said to be winning the race to sign him.

Weston would slot in for Straker who left the Shrimpers after two seasons with the club.

Straker joined Blues from Aldershot Town in the summer of 2012 but endured an indifferent first campaign at the club.

However, last season Straker impressed on a more consistent basis after moving him further forward on to the left wing.

Straker scored six goals in 47 appearances and worked his way on to the score-sheet on the final day of the season against Burton Albion in the play-offs.

But that proved to be his 72nd and final appearance for the club after agreeing to join the Minstermen who also reached the play-offs last season.

However another of Blues’ out of contract players, Jack Payne, looks certain to stay.

The 19-year-old midfielder made 15 appearances last season.

And Brown is pleased to be keeping the highly-rated teenager.

“Jack is away on holiday at the moment but when he gets back we fully expect him to sign a new deal which is great news,” said Brown.

“He’s a very talented young player and one I’m excited to be working with again next season.”

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3:14pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Southchurch Steve says...

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4:15pm Fri 13 Jun 14

southend loser says...

Devastated to hear Straker has gone (not)
Devastated to hear Straker has gone (not) southend loser
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5:51pm Fri 13 Jun 14

tophat27dt says...

Brown has always praised Jack Payne, but he rarely was seen on the pitch. Some fans rate him, others dont. He is young. I say give the boy a chance to show his best, then make a decision at the end of his new contract.
Brown has always praised Jack Payne, but he rarely was seen on the pitch. Some fans rate him, others dont. He is young. I say give the boy a chance to show his best, then make a decision at the end of his new contract. tophat27dt
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9:09pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Shoebury diehard says...

Who the **** are the Minstermen. Name the team please.
Who the **** are the Minstermen. Name the team please. Shoebury diehard
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9:12pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Shoebury diehard says...

Youv'e blocked out my four letter word, why when we hear it shouted from the stands at every match, although I dont approve it anywhere. Just thought I'd try
Youv'e blocked out my four letter word, why when we hear it shouted from the stands at every match, although I dont approve it anywhere. Just thought I'd try Shoebury diehard
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11:26pm Fri 13 Jun 14

gary 51 says...

Unfortunately Straker was hit and miss, never consistent, good squad player however let's move on
Unfortunately Straker was hit and miss, never consistent, good squad player however let's move on gary 51
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11:35am Sat 14 Jun 14

TheEssexWay says...

Tophat, I've never seen Jack Payne do anything useful? The last game he played in against Burton he clattered into players giving away fouls and the only chance he had to score, which he should have, he shot straight at the keeper! We need far better than him if we are to get automatic promotion next season.
Tophat, I've never seen Jack Payne do anything useful? The last game he played in against Burton he clattered into players giving away fouls and the only chance he had to score, which he should have, he shot straight at the keeper! We need far better than him if we are to get automatic promotion next season. TheEssexWay
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