Midfielder John Spicer was delighted to have finally signed a permanent contract at Southend United.
Spicer, 28, has spent the last month on trial at Roots Hall as he aimed to impress boss Paul Sturrock.
And the former Notts County centre midfielder has now been rewarded with a one-year deal at Roots Hall.
“It has been a long month but now I have finally put pen to paper I am pleased,” Spicer told the official website.
“I always wanted to sign here from the first day I turned up so I am glad it is all done and dusted now.
“I always believed I would get a contract but you never know financially how things might go.”
During his four weeks with the Blues, Spicer played in four pre-season friendlies as well as travelling with the squad to Madrid on their pre-season tour.
His involvement in Spain was limited due to a thigh problem but having now fully recovered from that problem he’s targeting a season of promotion with his new teammates.
“The ambition this season has to be to get promoted, as really they should have done that last season,” he said.
“This season has surely got to be the same aim to get automatic promotion.”