JEAN-Paul Kalala has been released by Southend United.

The 30-year-old midfielder made 30 appearances for Blues last season.

But he is now searching for another club after Southend manager Paul Sturrock decided against offering him a new deal.

“JP did a reasonable job for us last season before getting injured but I think we need to bring in a different type of player,” said Sturrock.

“We need to bring in a midfielder who offers different things to what JP does because we have a few new ideas about systems for next season.”

Kalala came to Blues on a free transfer from Bristol Rovers and was often used in a defensive midfield role last term.

However, his season came to a premature end when he suffered a nasty knee injury during a 1-0 defeat at Morecambe in mid February.

Joining Kalala on the way out of Roots Hall is veteran midfielder Christian Dailly who has opted to retire.

The 38-year-old had been expected to sign a new 12 month deal to stay with Blues.

But he has now decided to quit the game.

“I felt Christian had one good season left him and I would’ve liked him to stay on but I respect and understand his decision,” said Sturrock.

“He’s decided that coaching is now the way forward for him and he’s going to work hard on getting his badges done.

“He’s also currently doing a sports science degree which he can get done much quicker if he isn’t playing football.

“That’s what has helped him make up his mind and, having worked with him both at the start and the end of his long playing career, I’d liked to wish him all the vey best.”

Dailly made 662 appearances during a 22 year long professional career and his departure means 16 players have now left Southend since the end of last season.