SOUTHEND United are making ‘good progress’ with Sam Barratt’s contract talks.

The winger is still in talks with the Shrimpers about a new deal.

And Blues chairman Ron Martin has confirmed that discussions with the 24-year-old are now progressing nicely.

“I would say we’re making good progress where Sam is concerned,” said Martin.

Barratt joined Southend in the summer of 2018 and made his first team debut as a second half substitute on the opening day of the season against Doncaster Rovers.

But, just days later, the winger suffered a serious cruciate ligament injury while lining up for the under 23s at Stevenage which ruled him out for the rest of the season.

Barratt returned to action in January 2020 and made nine appearances last season.

He will now be looking to kick on next term but is unlikely to be joined by Stephen McLaughlin at Roots Hall.

The Irishman is also out of contract at the club and continues to be linked with a move to Mansfield Town who are managed by former Blues coach Graham Coughlan.