SOUTHEND United manager Mark Molesley has confirmed Isaac Hutchinson is close to leaving the club.

The attacking midfielder is believed to be joining Championship club Derby County.

And Molesley does expect the 20-year-old to depart. 

"It’s no secret that Isaac’s potentially close to maybe leaving the football club but until that happens I won’t be commenting too much further," said Molesley.

"Until then he’s very much a Southend player."

Hutchinson has made 40 appearances for the Shrimpers since signing in 2016 following his release from Brighton & Hove Albion.