Southend United’s new signing Mads Ibenfeldt is looking forward to getting his first taste of English football.
The 29-year-old defender, who has plenty of experience in his native Denmark, signed a one-year deal at Roots Hall on Monday.
Explaining his decision to move over to the UK, Ibenfeldt is looking forward to getting started with Blues.
He said: “My partner has a company that has moved to the UK and as I’ve always wanted to play in the English league at some point in my career, this was the perfect opportunity.
“I have had lots of experience in Denmark but I wanted a new challenge and that’s certainly what I’ll get having joined Southend.
“Before signing I had a short trial with Gillingham. Things didn’t work out there but I’ve really enjoyed myself since coming in on trial and I’m delighted to have signed.
“While my height means I’m good at heading the ball and quite strong, I also like to get the ball down and play good football, which is what the manager has said to me.”
Mads is keen to impress from the off after what he describes as a hectic couple of weeks on trial at Blues. He added: “I’ve played three games on trial in the last week and I just had to show I was good enough for the job.
“Now I just have to keep working hard and try and make sure I’m in the starting line-up for the first game against Accrington Stanley on Saturday.”
Having been here for nearly two weeks now, Mads has sensed a real belief that the team can achieve promotion this season.
He added: “I know this is a very tough league but hopefully we can make it out of it and have a very successful season.
“The lads are all very optimistic for what is to come and comfortable around each other. I’m now very excited to get going.”
An interview with Mads will be available on Blues Player later today.