SOUTHEND United goalkeeper Ted Smith has signed a new one year deal with the Shrimpers.

The 22-year-old shot-stopper made just one appearance last season due to a shoulder injury which eventually required surgery.

But Smith – who came through the youth ranks at Roots Hall and has made 29 senior appearances for the club – is keen to bounce back from the frustrating campaign.

“For me last season was a bit of a nightmare with the injury but I’ve had the operation so I’m on the mend and I’m just really looking forward to going and playing football again,” said Smith.

“It was a tough season for me but the operation seems to have helped and I’m on the mend.

“I’ve been working hard all summer in the gym to get fit and hopefully it’s in the past now.

“It was tough being in the physio room and seeing all the boys training every day but I’m really determined to get back and have a good season.

“The club have been really good to me so hopefully I can go out and repay them.”

Smith’s new deal includes the option of a further deal.