"There was interest elsewhere but this was the only place I ever wanted to be."
Southend United defender Adam Barrett couldn't hide his delight after agreeing a new contract with the Blues ahead of the 2015-16 season.
The Southend legend has appeared over 300 times for the Club and supporters can look forward to him playing a few more after he put pen to paper on a fresh one-year deal.
“I'm delighted and really pleased to put pen to paper for another year. I'm looking forward to next year already.” the 35-year-old said.
“It's great to know where I'll be next season. It's been fantastic to come back and I want to be here a lot longer. I'm delighted to get the deal done and dusted and know where I'm going to be.
“I always wanted to stay in some capacity. I still have a lot to offer and I remain hungry. I think I proved I can still do it and the fire's in the belly again. There was interest elsewhere but this was the only place I ever wanted to be. I want to play a big part next season.
And the centre back was thrilled for boss Phil Brown to show just how much he wanted him.
The manager travelled up to Burton, where Barrett was on a coaching course.
“It was superb from the gaffer to travel up to Burton and meet me. We had a really good conversation and it showed he wanted me and the Club wanted me. It wasn't a hard deal to get done.
“I'm really pleased with the deal and next season is one I'm already looking forward to. It'll be a tough league with big clubs and big budgets. I'm not putting pressure on but we know what happened when we won promotion from League Two. We were favourites to go down and we know how that panned out!”