Southend United: Jack Payne agrees first professional deal

Southend United's teenage midfielder Jack Payne has signed a one-year deal with the League Two club.

The 18-year-old, a graduate of the club's academy, has agreed his first professional contract, keeping him at Roots Hall until the summer of 2014.

"He was injured when I arrived, but we invited him for pre-season," manager Phil Brown told the club website. 

"I think we've got a very good prospect here with us and I'm sure he's got a very bright future in football."