Date: 27th August 2015 at 6:11pm
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One thing the Official Website has confirmed is a new deal has been signed by Adam Thompson and even though no details have, at this stage, been officially put out the signing of Stephen McLaughlin on a permanent basis has been confirmed by Southend boss Phil Brown.

The Echo reports a two-year deal has been signed to bring the Blues’ former Nottingham Forest loanee in with Brown delighted with the capture of McLaughlin.

Brown said.

‘I’m really pleased to have brought Stephen back and not many teams at this level will have options like we do out wide now.

‘With Kevan Hurst, Myles Weston and David Worrall also available we have real competition for places out there which I’m delighted about. All we need now is another centre-back and a striker and that will be me done.’

A medical took place on Wednesday, with him also training with the Shrimpers for the first time as well with his second debut, this time as a permanent player, possible in the game at the Ricoh Stadium against Coventry on Monday.

McLaughlin’s arrival might not have, yet, been put on the official site but the signing of Thompson’s new one-year deal, now that he’s coming back from his shoulder injury that ended his season in April last term, has.

This one-year deal does come with an option of a second, which I’m certain we’ll take up.

One final piece of Blues news for now is the latest call up to the England U20 squad of Ted Smith.

The Southend ‘keeper is in Keith Downing’s squad for a game against the Czech Republic on Monday week, 7th September.

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