Southend United have completed the signing of Luke Hyam from Ipswich Town on a free transfer as confirmed by the club website.

The Ipswich academy has produced a lot of great players over the years and Hyam can be proud to say he was one of the products of this institution. He broke through into the first team in 2010 and would eventually clock up over 100 appearances for the Tractor Boys. The only time he ever left the club before now was when he had a short loan spell with Rotherham United in 2015.

But Ipswich released him this summer and had been a free agent until he signed a two-year deal with the option of another with Southend today. While this is a drop down in the league for Hyam, it will be a chance to establish himself as a regular at a team that are hoping to push up the Sky Bet League One table this season.

Following the completion of the deal, Hyam said: “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,”

“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.”

“I also like to lead on the pitch and make my presence known.”

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