Date: 4th August 2015 at 1:50pm
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Noel Hunt, who Phil Brown has since said is his ‘biggest signing’ as Shrimpers manager, was confirmed as a Southend signing by the Official Website on Saturday.

Southend secured the signature of former Dundee United, Reading, Leeds, Ipswich and of course Irish international Hunt on a one-year deal that comes with the option of a second after persuading him to continue his career in England as opposed to a switch to America with MLS options open to him.

Hunt’s signing seemed more likely when he was in attendance for a friendly last week with the 32-year-old free agent, released by Ipswich at the end of last season, officially putting pen to paper.

Brown said, also speaking on the Official Website, Hunt was always at the ‘top of the list’ he wanted as regards to summer signing.

His agent Eamon Collins, also a good friend of his, helped ‘convince Noel that we’re progressing.’

It might be a year with the option of a second but the Blues boss is convinced we’ll get at least two-years from him and working with him is something he’s said he’s relishing.

‘It’ll be a two-year deal, no doubt about that. The option is to do with performance and goals. He’s an ambitious lad and is a feisty character. Hopefully he’ll bring all that to the party and I’m really looking forward to working with him and the rest of the team.

‘He’s played the majority of his career in the Championship. I’ve worked with his brother at Hull City and if he’s anything like Stephen then we have a great player and professional on our hands.’

Hunt isn’t going to be the last addition though, Brown’s still on the lookout for more to strengthen the starting XI let alone the squad.

The signing of Hunt is ‘a massive coup’ but Brown, who thanked the backing he was given, is as said after more.

‘We’re still not finished. We’re still looking at strengthening this side.

‘It’s a massive coup and probably my biggest signing since I’ve been here. It’s a sign of the backing from the owner once again that we’ve managed to get him in.’

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