Southend United extend Paul Sturrock contract

Paul Sturrock
Sturrock has had two spells in charge of Plymouth Argyle

Southend United boss Paul Sturrock has committed to the club beyond this season by signing a rolling contract.

The 52-year-old Scot agreed a two-year deal when he joined the Shrimpers in July 2010 and would have been a free agent in the summer.

"I'm only a quarter of the way through what I think I can achieve at this football club," he told BBC Essex.

"I came here at a really low time for Southend United. I restructure football clubs and I enjoy doing it."

The terms are an extension of the existing deal, offering security to Sturrock and entitling the club to compensation should he move to another team.

The former Plymouth boss arrived at Roots Hall with the club in financial crisis, but stabilised the south Essex side in his first season in charge.

And Southend have been transformed into League Two promotion contenders in the current campaign. They are top of the table, level on points with Cheltenham.

"I would like to develop this club and get it back, or better than, its normal position in the leagues," Sturrock added.

"The club have been a league three team [League One] for a long time. I'd like to think we can put ourselves back into that position and go on from there."

It was believed Sturrock signed a three-year deal when he joined the club in 2010, but confirmation of the appointment was delayed and it would seem the Scot's contract was in fact for 24 months.

Meanwhile, Sturrock has confirmed midfielder Ryan Leonard will be offered a new contract.

The 19-year-old has featured 22 times in his debut season at Roots Hall, but is currently sidelined with a knee injury.