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Blues sign Michael Kightly!

7 July 2017

Phil Brown adds winger to his ranks for 2017/18 season.

Southend United can confirm the return of Michael Kightly on a three year contract.

The 31-year-old began his professional career at Roots Hall 14 years ago before going on to play in the Premier League with Wolves, Stoke City and most recently at Burnley.

After the expiration of his contract at the Clarets last month, Phil Brown has prized the winger back to Blues and back to the area he grew up in.

Kightly will be a familiar name to Blues fans after his two years at the club between 2003 and 2005 when he scored once in 19 appearances.

Following his release, the winger joined Grays Athletic and it was in his year and a half there that he caught the eye of Championship side Wolves.

He made the switch to Molineux permanent in 2007 and amassed 122 appearances in five years, with a loan at Watford in-between, before Tony Pullis signed him for Stoke City.

Kightly made 19 starts, with another seven appearances from the bench, at the Potters before joining Burnley on loan for the 2013/14 season.

He was integral as the Clarets won promotion to the Premier League that campaign, notably scoring the second of a 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic which saw them confirm their spot in the top flight.

The move was made permanent the following season and Kightly made 20 appearances for the Turf Moor club in the Premier League, however most recently the winger was loaned out to Championship side Burton Albion.

You could see Kightly back in a Southend shirt at Roots Hall when Blues face Premier League Brighton in pre-season and then for the first time competitively in the opening game of the Sky Bet League One season against Blackburn Rovers.

You can also ensure you don’t miss Kightly in action throughout the 2017/18 season with a Blues season card.

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