Coker earns Shrimpers deal

Bursaspor have signed French goalkeeper Sebastien Frey from

Genoa on a three-year contract, the Turkish club have

confirmed.

Frey, 33, joins the Super Lig outfit as a replacement for

ex-Liverpool keeper Scott Carson, who returned to England to sign

for Wigan earlier this month.

A two-time France international, Frey spent 15 consecutive

seasons playing in Italy after joining Inter Milan from Cannes in

1998. He made over 100 appearances for both Parma and Fiorentina

before joining Genoa on a free transfer two years ago.

A statement published on Bursaspor’s official website also

confirmed the signing of Argentinian defender Renato Civelli from

Nice on a two-year deal.

The 24-year-old left-back has been without a club since he was

released by Colchester in February but has featured in all of the

Shrimpers’ pre-season friendlies so far.

Boss Phil Brown told the club’s official website: “He’s done

really well since he’s come in on trial and really put a marker

down.

“He has worked extremely hard and I think him and Anthony

Straker are starting to form quite a nice partnership on the

left-hand side.

“Having Ben sign gives us options as Straker can drop back if

needed or Chris Barker can move to left-back. I’m delighted to have

signed Ben and I’m sure he’ll do very well.”

And Coker is looking forward to the proper action getting

underway.

“Pre-season has been tough work and I’m just delighted that I’ve

done enough to earn a contract,” he added.

“I’ve really enjoyed the last few weeks here and I’ve settled in

nicely. I’m just looking forward to the season getting underway

now.”