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ZAK Ansah has not been offered a contract at Southend United.

The 23-year-old son of Shrimpers legend Andy had been on trial at Roots Hall.

But Blues boss Phil Brown will not be signing the striker.

“Zak was finding it very difficult on the physical front and he’s no longer at the football club,” said Brown.

“But we wish him well on his search for a new club.”

Ansah, who came through the youth system at Arsenal, travelled to Spain for a week of pre-season training before playing the first 45 minutes in Blues’ pre-season friendly against Partick Thistle last weekend.

Ansah - who has also played for Charlton Athletic, Plymouth Argyle, Newport County and Woking - also lined up against Ipswich Town last Wednesday.

However, the striker did not feature at Braintree Town on Saturday and will now begin his search for a new club.

Shrimpers left-back Ben Coker also missed out against the Iron after suffering a slight injury in training.

But Brown expects the defender to return to action soon.

“Ben has a small niggle but it was just a precautionary measure he didn’t play,” said Brown.

“He could have played 45 minutes but it’s not worth taking any risks at this stage of the season. He could play at Bishop’s Stortford.”