SOUTHEND United chairman Ron Martin has revealed terms have been agreed with ex Macclesfield Town duo Theo Vassell and Emmanuel Osadebe.

The players have been training with the Shrimpers for the past week.

And Martin confirmed in a statement that terms have now been sorted.

"Within the last hour we have now, finally, agreed terms (other than agents fees) in regard to both of Sol’s primary targets," said Martin,

"The players started training with the squad shortly after winning the tribunal, brought by the PFA, after which they became “free agents”.

"Therefore, this period of training has, very helpfully, underpinned the club’s due diligence. We will now work on formalising those terms ASAP."

And Martin also offered his thoughts on Tuesday night's 4-0 defeat at Peterborough United. 

"Whilst 4-0 sounds like a resounding defeat against Peterborough the truth is the team, including many academy players, did incredibly well particularly in the first half," said Martin.

"Had Mark Milligan’s shot gone in, rather than hit the post, the outcome could have been very different.

"On the night our supporters were truly different class.

"Whilst only some 240 made the trip they out sang and out drummed Peterborough from the first whistle to the last, brilliant.

"Thank you."

And Martin was also kene to point out he remains determined to deliver a new stadium.

"Finally, I read some criticism of me in respect of the stadium plans - give me a break!," said Martin.

"Does anyone really think we are not “on it”.

"It takes two to tango and this week at a meeting with officers of the council I encouraged them to quick step. The council remain supportive.

"I will keep supporters informed."