Southend United captain Craig Easton will leave the club after failing to agree terms over a new deal, the midfielder has confirmed.

Speaking to BBC Essex, the 32-year-old explained he had been in negotiations with the club over a revised contract, but talks between the two parties broke down.

Easton was brought to the club a year ago by Paul Sturrock - his former boss at Swindon - and played 38 times as the Blues finished 13th in Npower League Two.

It has been claimed that Chris Baker will become Sturrock's new skipper, while summer signing Neil Harris is expected to be named vice-captain.

Meanwhile, Blair Sturrock has extended his stay at Roots Hall by another year, having scored on six occasions for the Shrimpers last season.

The 29-year-old joined the club last summer on a free transfer after leaving Mansfield Town.


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