CALLUM Powell has joined Braintree Town from Southend United.

Powell, who has been with Blues since January 2022, had been expected to join Barnet upon leaving Roots Hall.

But the striker has now completed a switch to the Iron who were promoted from National League South last season.

Writing on social media, Powell said: "To all you Shrimpers. First of all I want to thank every single one of you from the bottom of my heart for your continued support through a rollercoaster two and a half years.

"You amazing fans are the heartbeat of Southend United and have welcomed me with open arms from the minute I signed for the club.

"I will never forget what you have done for me especially last season during a very difficult period.

"I have met some incredible people in my time with you and shared some great memories.

"I can't thank all of the players, coaches, staff and fans enough for everything.

"However, it is now the right time for me to move on.

"I wish you all nothing but the best and I am really excited for the next chapter in my career."

Powell scored 12 goals in 74 appearances for Blues.