As predicted earlier today, Southend United striker Wayne Gray has signed for the Glovers today on a two year contract. Gray has been a member of the Shrimpers side that has won promotion twice in the past two seasons, but has turned down a contract extension at Roots Hall to sign for Yeovil Town.
Wayne was born in Camberwell on 7th November 1980 and started his career with the pre-Franchise Wimbledon side, spending 13 years with the South London side, working his way up through their academy sides. He made his debut for the Dons during the 1999-2000 season, although also gained some worthwhile experience with Swindon Town as part of a loan spell during the same campaign.
Subsequent seasons saw him loaned out at Port Vale, Leyton Orient and Brighton and Hove Albion. When he left South London he had clocked up 85 appearances for the Dons, scoring 7 goals in the process. The four loan spells saw an accumulation of 36 appearances and 9 goals.
Whilst his younger years had been a 'bits and pieces' sort of career as he learnt his trade, his switch to Roots Hall saw him turn into a first team regular for the Shrimpers, clocking up 90 appearances and scoring 20 goals in the process.
In the season just gone, Wayne found grabbing a starting place a little harder after the club signed the experienced Shaun Goater to partner starlet Freddy Eastwood and that meant that just under half of his 41 appearances came from the bench.
Despite that, he still managed to bag some vital goals for Southend on their way to the League One title, including the second in a 4-1 win over the Glovers in September 2005 at Roots Hall. He is a pacey muscular striker, standing at 5'10" tall, but certainly strong with it.
Ciderspace sends out a big welcome to Wayne, and we hope that his two year stay at Yeovil Town will prove very fruitful indeed.
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