Midfielder has signed a new deal to stay at Southend United
Southend United are delighted to announce midfielder Michael Timlin has signed a new contract with the Club.
Michael has signed a short-team deal with the view to a two-year contract, once he has proved his full recovery during the opening games of the season following his leg break back in February.
The midfielder joined the Club in 2010, initially on a loan deal from Swindon Town.
He re-joined the Club, again on loan, in August 2011 before joining permanently in January 2012.
The 28-year-old was a key figure for Blues last season at the heart of the midfield before suffering a broken leg in the first leg of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Area Final at Leyton Orient.
It was initially feared Michael would miss between eight and nine months of football, but he returned with a 15-minute cameo against Real Madrid C on Thursday in Madrid.
Michael said: “I’ve always been keen to stay because I really have enjoyed my time here and the fans have always been great to me.
“It’s been a tough five or so months for myself with the injury and other circumstances, but I’m only looking ahead now and I’m really looking forward to proving my fitness and playing a key role in what I hope will be a successful season for the Club.”
Manager Phil Brown added: “It’s great news that Michael has signed a new deal. He’s worked extremely hard to get back to fitness and played some part in the game against Madrid.
“He’s an important player, I’ve only seen him play once as manager, but I’ve come up against him a few times before and I know exactly what he can bring to the table.”