Veteran Southend defender Graham Coughlan has signed a new two-year deal.

The 36-year-old Irishman, whose previous contract expired at the end of the season, will combine his playing role with those of first-team coach and reserve-team manager.

"I'm pleased Graham will be here once again next season," Shrimpers boss Paul Sturrock told the club's official website.

"I think he will be the first to admit that, at 36, he played more times last season than perhaps he was expecting.

"But he was still putting in consistent performances and his experience is invaluable to those younger players around him.

"The squad respect him and his assistance on the training ground in the second half of the season was first class."

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