Former Colchester United and Ipswich Town midfielder joins Southend United

Anthony Wordsworth scores for Ipswich in a pre-season friendly at Southend last summer.

Anthony Wordsworth scores for Ipswich in a pre-season friendly at Southend last summer.

Former Colchester United and Ipswich Town midfielder Anthony Wordsworth has penned a two-year deal with League One newcomers Southend United.

The 26-year-old was released by Ipswich at the end of last season, having spent time on loan at Crawley Town and Rotherham last term.

Wordsworth made just 20 appearances for Town, scoring two goals, having been signed by Mick McCarthy from Colchester for £100,000 in January 2013.

His spell with the U’s was more fruitful, the stylish midfielder scoring 35 times in 199 games for the north Essex club.

Wordsworth will return to Colchester on Boxing Day when the Shrimpers provide the opposition at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.


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Speaking to Southend’s website, Wordsworth, who joins fellow former U’s man David Mooney at Roots Hall, said: “I’ve been talking to the club for probably three weeks and we’ve finally got the deal done today.

“I can play anywhere in midfield and I’m happy to play anywhere, even up front.

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“I like to get forward and attack. I enjoy getting in the box to score goals and creating for others. I know League One well having spent five years at Colchester and I’m looking forward to playing for Southend.”

He added: “I met Phil (Brown) about three weeks back and I decided straight away that I wanted to play for him. I spoke to some of the boys I already know here and they spoke really highly of the Club.

“I know some of the boys here already and they spoke really highly of the Club. I know some of the other lads as well and I’m looking forward to starting here. It always helps knowing players here and I’ve watched a few Southend games because of those players.

“I have family that live in Southend and they come to all the games. I’ll have to set some targets in pre-season and try and achieve those goals.”

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