Blues' new signing on talks with former players, the ambition of the club and why he's happy to have Michael Timlin on his side...David Worrall says he spoke to two of his close friends, former Blues Cameron Belford and Ryan Cresswell, before making the decision to sign for Southend United.
Worrall is good friends with both of the two former Southend players, and says they both told him a move to Roots Hall would be perfect for him.
That helped make the 24-year-old’s decision, and on Wednesday, he joined on a two-year deal, despite some trouble on the way down south.
“I am good friends with Cam and Ryan who both used to play here,” he said. “I spoke to them both about the club. They only had good things to say and said it would be a great move for me.
“Along with speaking to Phil Brown about his plans for the club and his ambitions, it really helped make my decision. I’ve had chances to go down south in the last couple of years but have decided against it.
“This time though it just felt right and that’s why I made the decision to come to Roots Hall, although I had a bit of a nightmare on my way down here!
“I was driving down with my girlfriend and we were involved in a pretty heavy accident. The car has been written off, so I’ll be on the lookout for a new home and a new car over the next few weeks.”
Worrall experienced promotion with Bury earlier in his career, and says the feeling of going up was the best he has had in football. The winger is now determined to repeat that with Southend United.
“Going up with Bury was an incredible feeling, probably the best feeling in football,” he said. “So naturally everyone who has achieved promotion wants to achieve it again.
“I’ve made the decision to drop down to League 2 because I know I’m joining a very ambitious football club, and one I believe will be challenging at the top end of the table.”
Having come up against Blues a number of times in his career, Worrall knows exactly what to expect at Roots Hall – but is glad the fans (and men in blue) will be on his side.
“I’ve had the fans on my back at Roots Hall quite a few times over the years and it’s not a nice feeling at all,” he said. “I’m glad they will be cheering me on this time around.
“Over the years I’ve had a few run-ins with a few of the lads, Michael Timlin in particular. We’ve argued on the pitch and carried it on down the tunnel, but all the lads seem great and have really helped me to settle in.”