Southend United's Ryan Leonard signs contract until 2017

Ryan Leonard

Southend United midfielder Ryan Leonard has signed a new three-and-a-half-year deal until 2017.

The 21-year-old has played 35 times for the League Two side this season, scoring six goals.

Boss Phil Brown has transformed the former full-back to a holding midfielder this season.

"I've had the best season of my career so far," he told the club website.external-link "I want to continue my development and this is the perfect place to do that."

Brown added: "I've been pleased with his progress this season and has added goals to his game which has also been important for us.

"He's got a big future in the game and I'm delighted that he's going to be staying with us for the future."