SOUTHEND United will offer new deals to John White, Stephen McLaughlin and Sam Barratt.

But Luke Hyam and Sam Mantom have joined Mark Milligan and Theo Robinson in being released.

Centre-back White is the longest serving Blues player having joined on a permanent basis in 2013 and has made 241 appearances for the club.

But the defender – who skippered the Shrimpers in the 2015 League Two play-off final at Wembley - will be eager to bounce back after breaking his arm three times in the space of just 10 months.

Winger McLaughlin also lined up for Blues at Wembley and has been with the Shrimpers since 2015, making 185 appearances.

Barratt also plays wide and will be eager to kick on after enduring a serious cruciate ligament injury shortly after signing in 2018.

The winger has played just 10 times for the Shrimpers, nine of which were last season.

However, midfielder Mantom will not be remaining at Roots Hall.

The 28-year-old joined Blues on a permanent basis in 2018 and made 81 appearances for the club.

Hyam also joined in 2018 but leaves having made just 28 appearances after enduring an injury ravaged spell with the Shrimpers.

As previously reported by Echosport, Milligan and Robinson have also left the club while Elvis Bwomono and Timothee Dieng have seen their clauses activated in their contract which will keep them with Blues for another year.

However, Henry Burnett – a midfielder from the under 23 squad – is not being offered a new deal.