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Anton signs one-year Shrimpers deal

Filed: Saturday, 27th August 2016
By: Staff Writer

Former Hammers and KUMB Live star Anton Ferdinand has signed for League One Southend United on a year-long deal.

Ferdinand, who was one of the star guests at this year's KUMB.com Awards has joined the Essex club having departed former club Reading following the competition of his two-year contract at the Madejski Stadium.

"I'm delighted. I know this part of the world well from my time with West Ham so I'm excited and looking forward to the challenge ahead," Ferdinand told southendunited.co.uk.

"I'm hoping to play regularly and prove to people that I can still play in English football at this level and at a higher level - and as a club, achieve promotion."

Ferdinand, the younger brother of former England international and fellow Hammer Rio began his career at West Ham, making his professional debut on the opening day of the 2003/03 season in a 2-1 win at Preston.

He made more than 140 appearances for the Hammers before making a shock exit in 2008 when the club sold him to Sunderland, against the wishes of then-manager Alan Curbishley in an 8million deal.

After spending three years in the North East, Ferdinand enjoyed spells with QPR (2011-2013), Bursspor and Antalyaspor in Turkey (2013-14), Police United (Turkey) and Reading before signing his new contract with Southend.

Ferdinand - along with former team mate Marlon Harewood - were star guests at this year's KUMB Awards Live, staged in Stratford Westfield at the end of last season. You can listen to a Podcast featuring the live show here.

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