Shrimpers throw Hurst lifeline

  • Last Updated: June 21 2012, 14:14 BST

Southend have started reshaping their squad by making midfielder Kevan Hurst their first signing in the summer transfer window.

Hurst: Signed for Southend

Hurst, 26, arrives at Roots Hall having been released by League One club Walsall earlier this summer, making a total of 37 appearances during his only season in the midlands.

The former Sheffield United, Scunthorpe and Carlisle man has penned a two-year contract with the Shrimpers.

Manager Paul Sturrock is looking to strengthen his squad following last season's failed attempt at promotion, with the Essex side narrowly missing out on a top-three finish before falling to eventual winners Crewe in the play-off semi-finals.