10:12AM, Tuesday 15 May 2018
Sam Barratt’s move from Maidenhead United to League One Southend United is expected to be confirmed later today (Tuesday).
The 22-year-old spent three seasons at York Road, after signing from Bracknell Town, and helped the club to a top half finish in its first ever season in the National League.
He also picked up a National League South title winners medal during his time with the Magpies.
The move to Southend will be his first professional contract.
Rumours of the move emerged online yesterday, with the news that Shrimpers boss Chris Powell was set to make his first signing of the summer. Powell is keen to bring in a new midfielder having released Jermaine McGlashan at the end of last season.
The Echo said it believed the player was signing from a National League club, and Barratt confirmed the news in response to messages of support from Southend and Maidenhead fans alike. He said that he would ‘give nothing but his all’ to his new club.
Magpies midfielder Ryan Upward was one of many to congratulate Barratt. He tweeted: "Big shout out to my boy Sam Barratt! Thoroughly deserves this opportunity! Good luck with all your future endeavours at Southend United."
Barratt, 22, made 39 appearances for the Magpies last season. He scored seven goals and contributed 11 assists. His form also saw him capped twice by the England C team.
Southend finished their League One campaign in 10th place, just eight points off the play-offs, however, like Maidenhead, they finished in some style, winning three and drawing one of their final four matches.
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