Date: 22nd June 2016 at 8:44pm
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Jack Payne and Luke Prosser have completed moves to new clubs.

Payne steps up to the Championship with Huddersfield whereas Prosser has joined rivals Colchester who dropped into League 2 last season.

The hope for Phil Brown was Payne would remain at Southend but once he rejected a new contract it was clear his future was away from Roots Hall with the 21-year-old signing a deal with Huddersfield.

Compensation will be received for the midfielder who scored 17-goals in his 88-matches for Southend since making his debut in August 2013.

After his arrival the BBC quoted Huddersfield boss David Wager as saying he feels he’s one of the ‘most interesting’ young players in the country who he is backing to get better and better.

‘In my opinion he is probably one of the most interesting young British midfielders in the country. Jack is already excellent technically and has a great record of scoring goals, but at just 21 he has lots of room to develop further. His desire to improve was very clear from our very first meeting and he will do that with us in the Championship.’

He was ‘offered an attractive new deal’ with Southend looking for a ‘substantial’ compensation amount.

Prosser on the other hand was released by Brown at the end of his stay at Roots Hall with him switching to Essex rivals Colchester, penning a two-year contract at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

In his six years at Southend he made 164 appearances but ended his contract at League 2 Champions Northampton before his release this summer.

He’s already said he’s aiming to help Colchester, as he had Southend previously, to gain promotion next season with him backing a ‘massive club’ to get all the way to the Championship.

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