Southend United bring in defender Ben Coker

Ben Coker

Southend United have signed defender Ben Coker following his release by Essex neighbours Colchester.

The 24-year-old, who has been on trial at Roots Hall this summer, played 45 times for the U's after joining them from Bury Town in 2010.

"I've really enjoyed the last few weeks here and I've settled in nicely," the left-back told the club website.

"Pre-season has been tough work and I'm just looking forward to the season getting underway now."