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Southend United have extended the contract of midfielder Mark Gower until 2008 at Roots Hall.

The former Tottenham Hotspur and Barnet player signed a new two-year deal with the Essex outfit, having been an essential figure in the club's promotion to The Championship.

The 27-year-old was pleased to have secured his future with The Shrimpers.

"When I first joined Southend, it was a good move for me to get back into the league from Barnet," Gower told the club's official website.

"The club is moving in the right direction - we've got a new league to play in and obviously this season, the teams we're going to be playing against is a joy.

"Last season was lovely and still reflecting on it now, what we have achieved in the last couple of years is amazing."

With the close season in full swing, Shrimpers assistant manager Paul Brush has confirmed the club's interest in Yeovil Town goalkeeper Steve Collis.

Southend are keen to find another custodian for next season following the recent retirement of Bart Griemink.

The former Barnet and Nottingham Forest man has spoken with The Shrimpers regarding a move to Steve Tilson's side.

"It's important that we bring in another goalkeeper to strengthen our squad and Steve is someone we have spoken to," Brush said.

"That's as far as it has gone at the moment. But with Bart Griemink retiring, making sure we bring in another keeper is quite high up in our list of priorities."

Southend's search saw them miss out on Luton Town's Slovenian custodian Dino Seremet.

"We spoke to Dino as well about coming here, but we could not agree terms," Brush added.