Midfielder: Steve Tilson
He has been training with the club, however he now has a four year contract with, and is captain of, Ryman Premier DivisionCanvey and is definitely staying there. Fans have described him as a good solid player and
Tilson has been made director of the new Centre of Excellence which was made possible by an English Sports Council grant of over £250 000.
This is a great opportunity for me and it's great to be back at Southend— I just can't wait to get started...
Tilson will be responsible for overseeing and developing the raw skills of all the centre of excellence's teams, aged from under-9 to 16, a task he has great enthusiasm for.
I love working with kids and coaching and I'm hoping that I will be able to help them become better players... When I joined Southend I came through the backdoor via non-league football and I want to try and help as many of these lads to make the grade as well, but by the more conventional route of an apprenticeship.
Tilson has stressed that his new Roots Hall rôle will not interfere with his duties on the playing field for Canvey for whom he scored 34 goals last season.
© Luke Bosman Monday, 23 April 2007 at 21:12:33
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