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News: John-Joe joy at joining Blues following his loan move

27 November 2014

Midfielder admits 'feeling wanted' played a part in his switch to Roots Hall from Northampton Town

New Southend United signing John-Joe O’Toole admits that it didn’t take him long to decide to make the switch to Roots Hall as a deal was completed with Northampton Town.

The 26-year-old agreed the switch to Blues on loan until late January 2015 and he goes straight into the squad to face his parent club on Saturday.
“It’ll be quite weird to play against Northampton on Saturday, considering I was with the players there until fairly recently.

“Last week I heard of the interest and I felt it would be a good opportunity. Things weren’t working for me at Northampton and sometimes you have to just get out and play games."

Phil Brown finally got his man when John-Joe put pen to paper, after a chase between the Blues manager and the player that has gone on for over two years.

And O’Toole says ‘feeling wanted’ had a big part to play in his move to Roots Hall.

“The manager played a big part in me coming here. He’s been around for ages and it’s always good to feel wanted. He’s been after me for a while and things can only go one way. I’m feeling very positive about the move and already know Ben Coker and John White. I will have people to talk to here!

“Southend were very good when I played against them last season. You always get a tough game against Southend and we have some good players here. Training has gone really well and I hope that this is a sign of good things to come.”

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