THE Shrimpers Trust have been working towards securing a Plan B for Southend United's future.

The consortium headed up by Justin Rees are still trying to take control of the National League club.

But the Trust have been exploring the options should the consortium decide to walk away from the deal.

A statement issued today said: "Our silence during the past fortnight should not be mistaken for inaction.

"There is a real possibility that COSU will walk away – and who could blame them – if the Council and the Martins do not agree a deal by next Friday.

"The ramifications of this are what have been occupying us for some time; consequently although we believe today’s announcement provides a potential pathway towards a positive conclusion to the current situation for the football club, the Shrimpers Trust are planning for every eventuality."