Southend United extend Glenn Morris's contract
Southend United goalkeeper Glenn Morris will remain at Roots Hall for another 12 months after the club triggered an extension on his contract.
The 27-year-old, who was signed last summer, featured 36 times for Paul Sturrock's side this season.
He is set to be the Shrimpers' first choice shot stopper next term after the release of Rhys Evans.
"We were fortunate last season in that we had two strong goalkeepers at the club," Sturrock told the club website.
"Glenn did well in the goals and played the majority of games last season.
"He only really lost his place when he was injured and Rhys came in and I found it hard to then change a winning side.
"Obviously we are still working on bringing new players in but that's early days as far as that is concerned as things don't start to get moving for a couple of weeks yet."
Youngster Daniel Bentley, who has signed a two-year professional deal, will act as cover for Morris in the next campaign.
Before signing his new deal former Leyton Orient man Morris voiced his belief that clubs are becoming less likely to have two senior goalkeepers on their books.
"It's the culture of football at the moment, it's hard to have two senior goalies at this level," he told BBC Essex.
"I think a lot of clubs have one goalie and get a loan in or have a young goalie on the bench.
"It is difficult and it's hard, as I found last summer, to find a club when you're out of contract.
"Rhys is very experienced and he did well when he came in, it just happens I managed to get back in and did OK, so it's hard-going for Rhys."