Southend boss Sturrock considers Ricketts & Leonard deals

Rohan Ricketts
Ricketts last played in England for Barnsley in 2007/8

Southend United manager Paul Sturrock has said he will make a decision on whether to sign defender Ryan Leonard and forward Rohan Ricketts soon.

Ricketts, 28, and Leonard, 19, continued their trial spells at the League Two club in a pre-season tournament in Scotland last weekend.

Sturrock told BBC Essex: "It really all depends on the financial package that Rohan is involved in.

"And Ryan's had an excellent time here, I'm very keen to have a chat to him."

Ricketts, a former Arsenal and Tottenham player, is back in England after spells playing in Canada, Hungary, Moldova and Germany, but Sturrock admitted the financial side of the deal could be a stumbling block.

"That would be the deciding factor, there's no argument about the talent."

He added: "His fitness levels are not the standard they should be.

"But he brings a great talent, so it's something I'll think about over the next few days."

Sturrock also said he was keen to sign former Plymouth defender Leonard, adding: "He brings us a bit of cover and competition for places."

Southend played two matches in the pre-season tournament at East Fife last weekend.

They lost a semi-final 2-0 to Dundee, before drawing 0-0 with Raith Rovers in the third-placed play-off.