ANOTHER Southend Uniteed supporter has his say.

Over the last three seasons, Southend United supporters have had a torrid time.

On the pitch, the standard of play has gone from bad to worse.

The only good news is that off the pitch things are set to improve very soon.

This latest opportunity to build a new stadium at Fossetts Farm must be seized if the club wants to progress and regain its league status.

The move will release the Roots Hall site for redevelopment, enabling the club to pay down its accumulated debt.

Back to back relegations have weakened the club and the playing budget has suffered a big hit.

Football clubs servicing little or no debt are better able to increase their playing budget which allows them to compete and grow.

A big budget does not guarantee success but it sure helps providing the scouting is good and the money spent wisely.

So, for this to happen we need Southend councillors to do their bit and agree stadium planning consent by the end of this year.

Work can then begin in early 2022 on the first phase of the project which is to provide modern, high-tech player training facilities. The stadium itself will follow.

I think it is very important that all supporters congratulate the town planners and other council staff on the huge effort they have made to engage with the football club and seek a positive outcome in difficult circumstances.

Also, well done to the Shrimpers Trust for its dedicated and enthusiastic support for the club during these lean years.

They have recently announced the return of their social inclusion project which links the club to the local community and it is a superb initiative.

All positive thinking fans should take out trust membership.

It only costs a few pounds and details can be found by visiting the trust website.

The more togetherness there is at the club the more we can achieve.


Ashingdon Road, Rochford