SOUTHEND United chairman Ron Martin insists Shrimpers star Ryan Leonard is not for sale.

Martin has knocked back bids from Championship duo Sheffield United and Millwall this summer with the highest offer believed to be £300,000.

And Martin will also be offering Leonard a vastly improved deal in a bid to keep him at Roots Hall.

“I’ve met with Lenny and I’ve told him we don’t want to sell him,” said Martin.

“We’ve rejected offers from two clubs for him and our ambition is to get promoted from this league and to get into the Championship so it makes no sense to sell our best players.

“We will be offering him a substantially improved contract and he will receive that this week.”