New signing Michael Spillane speaks following his move to Roots Hall
New signing Michael Spillane can’t wait to get underway following his switch from Dagenham & Redbridge to Roots Hall on Thursday.
23-year-old Spillane, said speaking to Blues boss Paul Sturrock about a possible move convinced him that Southend was the best place for him to be playing his football.
Michael, who said there was interest from other clubs, said: “Paul Sturrock spoke to me and outlined what he wants from me and how he wants to help me improve as a player.”
Spillane, who has signed a deal until the end of the season with the option for a further year on top of that added: “He really wanted me to come in and be part of his team and I’m looking forward to playing for him because he’s an experienced manager.
“I did have other options but it was the manager here that made me want to join Southend.
“I also knew a few of the lads, like Michael Timlin and Gavin Tomlin who I had a chat with before I made the switch and they said it was a great Club to play for.”
Having experienced Championship football with Norwich in the 2005-06 season and won the Football League Trophy with Luton Town in 2008-09. Spillane knows what it’s all about and is eager to get going with the Blues and link up with his new teammates.
He said: “I’m very excited to join Southend because it’s a very good club and I want to help them go up this season.
“For myself, personally, I want to be playing regularly to try and help make that happen.
“I’ve played against Southend three times for Dagenham already this season, so I know how strong they are and it will be nice to link up with players in the team rather than having to try and stop them.
“I’m really looking forward to meeting the lads, and getting stuck into training and matches.
“When speaking to the manager he made it clear he wanted the Club to win promotion to League 1. He’s showed the Club’s ambitions and it matched mine, so we were a great fit.”
Former Blues player Kevin Maher, Spillane’s ex-Dagenham teammate, gave the midfielder some words of advice before he made the move.
Spillane said: “Kev had only good things to say about the club and that I should go there if I had the chance.
“But he also kept joking around saying that he was a hero here and that I would never be as successful as he was!”
Spillane will hope he can prove Maher wrong by helping Blues regain their form in their bid for promotion to League 1 this season.
An exclusive interview with Michael is on Blues Player.