Southend United unveil trio of new signings in 24 hours just days before the start of the season

Mads Ibenfeldt - signed one year deal with Southend United

Shaquile Coulthirst - joined on a season long loan from Tottenham Hotspur

Isaac Layne - snapped up from Billericay Town

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SOUTHEND United have completed a trio of new signings.

As was revealed in yesterday’s Echosport, defender Mads Ibenfeldt and strikers Isaac Layne and Shaquile Coulthirst have all been snapped up by the Shrimpers.

And Danish centre back Ibenfeldt cannot wait to experience English football for the first time after signing a year long deal at Roots Hall following a successful trial period.

“My partner has a company that has moved to the UK and as I’ve always wanted to play in the English league at some point in my career, this was the perfect opportunity,” said the 29-year-old.

“I have had lots of experience in Denmark but I wanted a new challenge and that’s certainly what I’ll get having joined Southend.

“Before signing I had a short trial with Gillingham.

“Things didn’t work out there but I’ve really enjoyed myself since coming in on trial and I’m delighted to have signed.”

Striker Coulthirst was also thrilled to complete a season long loan switch from Tottenham Hotspur.

The 19-year-old has previously time with both Leyton Orient and Torquay United.

And he is now looking forward to lining up for the Shrimpers.

“I’m really pleased to have joined Southend on a season-long loan,” said the former England under 19 international.

“There was some interest from other clubs but I know Southend are one of the biggest in this division so it was an easy decision for me to come here on loan.

“It’s a real chance for me to make an impression.”

Joining Coulthirst in making the switch to Southend is Layne who signed from Billericay Town and will also be vying for selection in attack.

The 19-year-old has signed a season long deal with Blues, with the option of a further year’s contract.

And he is keen to make the most of the step up.

“When the opportunity came up to join Southend I couldn’t turn it down and I’m really excited for what is to come.

“All I want to do is show everyone what I’m about and make a big impression on the manager, fans and my team-mates.”

Blues are still keen to make further signings and remain in talks with Bolton Wanderers defender Cian Bolger about a return to Roots Hall.

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11:59am Tue 5 Aug 14

TheEssexWay says...

Looks like three positive signings to me and think we will have a good chance of automatic promotion this season now, fingers crossed!
Looks like three positive signings to me and think we will have a good chance of automatic promotion this season now, fingers crossed! TheEssexWay
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2:06pm Tue 5 Aug 14

eurodoomed says...

Agree looking good, if we can get another central defender, and, ideally, cover for full backs, although Ryan Leonard could fill in at right back, albeit with some loss to the midfield, as he started life there.
Agree looking good, if we can get another central defender, and, ideally, cover for full backs, although Ryan Leonard could fill in at right back, albeit with some loss to the midfield, as he started life there. eurodoomed
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9:05am Wed 6 Aug 14

eurodoomed says...

With Bolger coming on board. I now think we have a strong looking squad, perhaps the best since Steve Tilson's heyday---at least on paper. The big question is how keep them all involved. We had better have a few long cup runs as well as hopefully challenging for automatic promotion!
With Bolger coming on board. I now think we have a strong looking squad, perhaps the best since Steve Tilson's heyday---at least on paper. The big question is how keep them all involved. We had better have a few long cup runs as well as hopefully challenging for automatic promotion! eurodoomed
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