Striker Gavin Tomlin is looking forward to working with Paul Sturrock finally.
Sturrock tried to lure the 29-year-old away from Yeovil Town whilst manager of Plymouth Argyle.
But after failing to make that happen, Tomlin will finally get to play under the Scot after signing a one-year deal today.
“This move has been on the cards for about five years,” Tomlin told the official website.
“Paul Sturrock bid for me when I was at Yeovil so he has liked me for a while and I can’t wait to play underneath him.
“This is the first time we’ve had dialogue but I knew that he liked me and was interested so it is good to finally get to work for him.”
Tomlin, who spent some of last season on loan at Gillingham from Dagenham and Redbridge, was surprised Southend failed to get promotion.
The Blues missed out on the automatic spots by a point whilst the play-offs also ended in defeat.
But now Tomlin hopes he can help add that something extra to this seasons promotion bid.
“I thought Southend deserved to be promoted last season and hopefully I can come in and add that little extra they were missing that time,” he said.
“Southend are a bigger club than Dagenham and they are looking to go places so hopefully I can get us into League One.”