Southend United have confirmed the departure of eight players following their relegation to the National League.

Leaving the Shrimpers this summer are: Emile Acquah, Brandon Goodship, Harry Kyprianou, Alan McCormack, Jacob Mellis, Richard Taylor, Michael Klass and Ide Osimeh.

Long-serving defender John White is among the players to have extended his stay with the club, agreeing a new one-year deal with Phil Brown’s side.

The following players have also been offered new contracts: Elvis Bwomono, Jason Demetriou, Tim Dieng, Sam Hart, Shaun Hobson, Ricky Holmes, Reiss Chandler and Mark Oxley.

The club have taken up options on Jon Benton, Tom Clifford, Terrell Egbri, Rob Howard, Matt Rush, Harry Seaden and O’Shane Stewart, while discussions over Greg Halford’s future will take place.

Harry Lennon and Nathan Ralph will continue to undergo injury rehab with the club, with their fitness set to be assessed in pre-season.

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