Teenage kicks for Southend trio

League Two side Southend have offered professional contracts to

teenage trio Mitchell Pinnock, Seedy Njie and Ryan Auger.

Pinnock was given his first taste of first-team football at

Aldershot earlier this month, while Nije came off the bench to make

his debut in the Carling Cup first-round defeat to Peterborough in


Versatile right-sided player Auger is the third youngster to

make the step up to Phil Brown’s senior squad, much to the delight

of Shrimpers’ head of youth Ricky Duncan.

Duncan told Echo News: “It’s fantastic. Since Phil Brown came in

he’s been to a number of our games, and that’s a big boost for all

the players to have the first-team manager watching.

“It’s fantastic for everyone involved in the youth set-up that

they’ve been given this chance.”