Trio extend Roots Hall deals

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Southend United have signed Lee Bradbury, Lewis Hunt and Kevin Maher to new contracts.

The trio have penned two-year deals with the Championship new boys, keeping them at Roots Hall until the summer of 2008.

Captain Maher (pictured) is the club's longest-serving player and an influential presence in the club's midfield.

Former Portsmouth and Walsall striker Bradbury extends his deal after joining the Essex outfit from Oxford United at the end of January.

Midfielder Hunt was also instrumental in Southend's successful run to the League One title last season.

"They all played a massive part in helping us achieve promotion last season and it's great news to have them signed up, as we head into The Championship," Shrimpers boss Steve Tilson told the club's official website.