Double swoop for Shrimpers

Evans and Coughlan join Southend

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Southend boss Paul Sturrock has continued to strengthen his squad with the signings of goalkeeper Rhys Evans and defender Graham Coughlan.

Both men have signed one-year deals with the Shrimpers as Sturrock looks to assemble a group of players capable of bouncing back to League One.

Former Chelsea trainee Evans, who joins from Bristol Rovers, is the second keeper Sturrock has brought in this summer.

Coughlan, who will add some experience to the side with 423 league appearances under his belt, was a free agent after being released by Shrewsbury.

Both players have been with Southend throughout pre-season and will have their registrations lodged with the Football League once the club's transfer embargo is lifted.