Shrimpers duo stay on

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Ryan Leonard struggled with injury throughout last season
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Ryan Leonard struggled with injury throughout last season

Defensive duo Ryan Leonard and Chris Barker have signed contract extensions with Southend.

The pair have put pen to paper on new one-year deals at Roots Hall.

Barker, 32, admits he is now determined to help the club get promoted from npower League Two after they exited in the play-offs last season.

"Last season is old news now and we have signed some good new players," he told the club's official website.

Leonard, 20, suffered an injury-hit campaign in the latter part of the season but is keen to impress once competitive football returns in August.

"I really like it here and I have enjoyed my time here," he said. "Now I want to build on what I did last year and try and establish myself as a regular starter."

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