SOUTHEND United manager Kevin Bond will start contract talks with defender John White next week.

The centre-back's current deal runs out next month.

But Bond is keen to keep the 32-year-old at Roots Hall

“We would like John to stay," said Bond.

"We are currently in talks about extending his time at Southend and we have a meeting with his agent arranged for next week.

“He is a great guy and an exemplary professional.

"He is consistent and his body belies his age.”

White, who skippered Blues in their play-off final win against Wycombe Wanderers at Wembley in 2015, has made 223 appearances for the club.