SOUTHEND United chairman Ron Martin has praised the club's players and staff as they wait to receive their February pay packets.

The majority of the Shrimpers squad - who were due to be paid on February - have yet to receive their wages.

But Martin told Echosport he was close to being able to sort the situation.

He said: "We are in the throes of capitalising the club to meet, not only its immediate needs, but also throughout next year for the 20/21 season.

"These arrangements will be in place shortly and I wish to thank the players and staff for their understanding and support."