English League 2

Shakers seal Holden deal

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Thu, 27 Jun 2013 17:02:00

Veteran striker Kevin Phillips has warned Crystal Palace he may move on if they fail to meet his wage demands.

The former England front-man, 39, netted the penalty that secured the Eagles' return to the Premier League and manager Ian Holloway quickly opened the door for contract talks to take place.

But Phillips, who is a free agent, told the Croydon Advertiser: "My agent has been speaking to Palace and the chairman (Steve Parish) - there have been a few figures bandied around but we're a bit apart on them.

"I do have offers elsewhere and if I'm being honest, there is one real offer which I'm very, very tempted by.

"There are a couple of other offers that may materialise over the next week or so too. But there is certainly an offer there for me that is very tempting. It's at a good level that certainly interests me.

"There are certainly different offers out there on the pitch and even off it for me, and at my age I'm delighted at these people expressing their interest. The week after next will be an important week for me."

The 26-year-old becomes Phil Brown's first signing since taking over from Paul Sturrock at Roots Hall in March.

White had been at Colchester for 10 years, making over 250 first-team appearances, but rejected a new deal at the end of last season.

He spent a short time on loan at Roots Hall in 2009. White told the club's official website: "I felt now was the right time to move on and I'm pleased that I've been able to join Southend.

"It's a new challenge for me, I've been with Colchester for a very long time, but I can't wait to get stuck into pre-season, get to know the lads and hopefully impress the supporters throughout the season.

"I spoke with the manager and the assistant and the plans they have for the club are exciting and I wanted to be a part of that."

Shrimpers manager Phil Brown added: "John is exactly the type of player we're looking for here at the club for the new season.

"He's a really solid defender who can play anywhere across the back four, but predominantly as a right-back.

"I have had very good recommendations from a number of people including Phil Parkinson (Bradford boss), who said he would have tried to sign him had he been looking for someone in that position."

Brother of Bolton's US international Stuart, Holden has signed a one-year contract and joins fellow new signing Gareth Roberts at Gigg Lane.

Holden initially signed for Kevin Blackwell's side on non-contract terms in February but appeared just once in the Shakers' last game of the season against Yeovil.

The 26-year-old American previously had a spell in the MLS with Houston Dynamo and made 34 appearances for Stockport after joining the Hatters in August 2011.

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