‘This is an opportunity to come somewhere different and I can’t wait to get started’ - Hyam joins Southend
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Former Ipswich Town midfielder Luke Hyam has signed for Southend.
The Ipswich-born former Sidegate and Northgate pupil has been linked with the Shrimpers for much of the summer and has now signed a two-year deal with an option for a third at the League One club.
Hyam came through the Ipswich academy after joining as an 11-year-old, making 146 appearances for his hometown club.
He’s now looking forward to the next chapter in his career.
“It’s been in the pipeline for a few weeks now and I’m just glad to have signed and I can’t wait to get started,” said Hyam.
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“I was at Ipswich for a long period of time and there was some uncertainty when I came into the last year of my contract there, but this is an opportunity to come somewhere different and I can’t wait to get my teeth into it.
“I’ve got a lot of energy, I like to get around the pitch and put tackles in and be very competitive.
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“I also like to lead on the pitch and make my presence known.
“First and foremost I just want to get back playing football. For the last two or three years I haven’t played regularly.
“I spoke to the gaffer and he was a main reason for me joining with his ambitions for next season.
“Of course every player wants to play at the highest level possible. I’ve played my whole career in the Championship, so dropping down to League One I just want to get back up there with Southend.”