Striker Barry Corr has thanked the Club for sticking by him after signing a one-year contract extension at Southend United.Striker Barry Corr has thanked the Club for sticking by him after signing a one-year contract extension at Southend United.
The Blues forward has put pen-to-paper on a new deal after a torrid time with injuries over the past 12 months.
And now the Irishman is keen to replay the loyalty shown towards him by boss Paul Sturrock by scoring the goals needed to gain promotion.
“Last year was a terrible year for myself with the injuries,” Corr told the official website shortly after signing the deal.
“Having been given a new contract I really appreciate it from the club as it would have been easy for them to release me.
“I am under no illusions that players who don’t play at this level for a length of time normally get let go.
“I really want to pay the people back who have stood by me.”
After making 47 appearances and scoring 21 goals in his first season at Roots Hall, the former Swindon Town forward admitted that he has had low points in his bid to return.
But despite that he has motivated himself by remembering the feeling scoring a winning goal brings.
“It was difficult to keep going at times,” Corr admitted.
“But you have to think long term and think this is what is going to get me back out on the pitch.
“You just think about scoring a goal again and that feeling.”
Corr missed the whole of the last campaign with a knee injury picked up at the end of the 2010/11 season.
It proved a huge blow for boss Paul Sturrock after hitting 21 goals that season.
And whilst the rest of the squad has been away on their holidays this summer, Corr has enjoyed six day weeks at Boots and Laces as he moves closer to a playing return.
“I have been in the whole summer, I don’t think I’ve had many days off at all,” he added.
“I feel strong although I am not quite ready for the games yet.
“I would imagine it will be a couple of weeks before I get my first game time in pre-season.
“But I am taking part in the majority of the training work so I am delighted to be involved again.”