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Leon Cort is a Claret

Leon Cort becomes Brian Laws second signing of the day and his third so far.

The 30 year old central defender has signed for 1.5 million agreeing a three-and-a-half-year contract.

He will wear shirt number 18.

Laws speaking about his new signing said:

"He will be a real benefit to us with his leadership and strength.

"His ability is there for all to see. He is good in the air in both boxes and he is one of those old fashioned centre-halves who defends and defends well.

"I think you need that kind of assurance, but not only that, he has Premier League experience of playing with Stoke City so he knows what's at stake and what is needed.

"He has signed a three-and-a-half year deal and we will see his best years, for sure. He is coming into his natural peak in terms of experience and I am sure that will be evident for all to see."

Cort started his professional career with Millwall signing from his local non-league side Dulwich Hamlet in 1998.

A couple of loan spells at Forest Green Rovers and Stevenage Borough followed before he joined Southend on a free transfer in 2001.

Cort then moved to Hull City on a free transfer again in the summer of 2004.

In the Summer of 2006, he returned to his native London when Crystal Palace signed him for 1.25m. He made a good impression and went on to win their Player of the Year Award in 2007.

The next season though he left Palace on loan to Stoke City with a view to a permanent deal which was eventually completed for a fee of 1.2m.

First team opportunities at Stoke though became limited due to the competition and good form of Ryan Shawcross and Abdoulaye Faye.
The summer signing of Robert Huth has also pushed him further down the pecking order

One remarkable fact about Cort is his excellent disciplinary record. The last yellow card he received was for Southend way back in April 2004 and since that time he has not been booked or sent off in over 150 competitive games.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 27 2010

Time: 5:30PM

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Brian Laws' words are quite clear. This player is a strong, powerful defender in BOTH boxes. We haven't won since October, kept a clean sheet since the same date and the last time we scored from a corner I think Vin Rogue was in short trousers. Those stats speak for themselves and make it obvious where and why we need to strengthen the squad.
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27/01/2010 17:39:00

Good signing this one, lets secure Fox now A good holding midfielder and we are going in the right direction, wonder who will be released out on loan?
Albmaleaf claret
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27/01/2010 17:46:00

Not sure about this signing - Will have to wait and see
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27/01/2010 17:55:00

Agree with you, Dale.
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27/01/2010 19:08:00

Centre backs now Carlisle, Cort, Caldwell, Duff, Edgar plus the Cork lad, Kevin Long. Some must surely be leaving in the summer if not by 1st Feb?
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27/01/2010 19:09:00

I am happy with this signing as I believe he has bought him to play him. Something our previous manager struggled with. Lets face it he could play alongside Bikey and then we would have quite a few Championship Class defenders to off load! We have to do something, plan B C and D!
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27/01/2010 19:32:00

Actually I missed Bikey off my list so thats seven centre backs!
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27/01/2010 19:43:00

Think this could be a decent signing. Haven't seen much of him personally, but played a fair bit last yr for Stoke so can't be too shabby. Feel a bit for Edgar now though. Didn't do anything wrong in the 2 games he played, but then gets dropped for Carlisle who to put it politely is poo. And will now find himself even further down the pecking order and yet he's done nothing wrong. Maybe we could give him a go in the DM role?
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27/01/2010 21:22:00

I wish he had been in the team to face Bolton because some of our lads had no passion no fight not good enough. So I think a good signing.
grimsby claret
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27/01/2010 22:13:00

Laws did say a couple of weeks ago couple of our players he would let out on loan when he gets his targets. Personally I'd keep Carlisle, Duff, Bikey, Cort and Edgar for competition and cover. Caldwell I would sell as he just isn't good enough. Lund is a young lad who needs a year in reserves. Then at end of season I'd think seriously about keeping Duff. I do like this signing, he seems a good player and a model pro, he seems like an upgrade from what we have got. However we NEED a creative midfield player I think.
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27/01/2010 22:14:00

Sorry, when I said Lund I meant Long, can't have a GK playing Centre back can we!
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27/01/2010 22:40:00

Well we had a midfielder playing left back the other day so you never know!! ;-)
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27/01/2010 22:44:00

TI think he could be a good signing, adn agree with Skutter I'D let Caldwell go first. Speaking of playing players out of position maybe if Weaver is in nets we could try Beast up front or midfield. He did at Branchies testimonial and scored a couple of goals!!! lol
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28/01/2010 11:44:00

I am just wondering come 1st Feb if we are going to hear about a number of our current squad being offloaded. There are strong rumours floating about that Jensen has played his last game for us and will soon be soaking up the sun in Portugal, hence Weever! Laws has also said some of his fringe players could be going out on loan
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