Former Yeovil Town defender Jakub Sokolik has now completed his permanent move to League One side Southend United. As reported earlier this morning, the 22 year old was going to be offered a contract with the Essex side and that deal has gone through ultra-quickly with the former Liverpool academy player being unveiled as a signing late this afternoon.
Sokolik has been given a five month contract with the Shrimpers, that takes him until December 31st 2016, although his new club indicate that it is with a view to a longer deal. This is the Czech centre-back's third spell Southend, which might lead to some surprise over how short the contract offer is. Boss Phil Brown has told his club's website that he feels that Sokolik has raw talent but that his concentration levels occasionally drop - something that former Glovers boss Gary Johnson alluded to when he began to phase the defender out of his plans during the 2014-15 season. Brown hopes that the shorter term deal will keep the player's alertness as to his situation high during his time at Roots Hall:
"Jakub's trial with us was certainly a success. He has mingled in with the team well, and we've seen the old Jakub over these last few weeks. That was culminated with a strong 45-minute performance over a talented Newcastle team. I think he is one of those rare talents that when he is one hundred percent he would play at the highest level, but when his concentration levels drop he'll get caught out. I think the short-term deal that we've put him on will hopefully keep him focused on the field of play so we get the Jakub of old, and if we the Jakub of old I think we've got, fingers crossed one of the best centre-backs in the division."
Link: Jakub Sokolik : Yeovil Town Statistics.
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