Blues complete the signing of midfielder Josh Wright
Southend United are delighted to announce the signing of Josh Wright on a free transfer.
The former Gillingham captain joins Blues on a one-year deal, with the option of a second, to bolster Manager Phil Brown’s midfield options.
Wright, who will link up with the Blues squad following today's 2-2 draw with Northampton Town, will wear the number 44 shirt.
Speaking to iFollow Blues, the 27-year-old said: “I’m delighted. It’s been going on for a little while now but that can happen in football.
“I’ve kept calm and stayed in the background but I’m over the moon to get it done and I can’t wait to get going now.
“I had a fantastic couple of years at Gillingham and they will always be a club close to my heart. I enjoyed my time there but at the end of the day you have to do what is best for you and when Southend come knocking, I was never going to turn a club down like this down.
“I can’t wait to get out there now, on the training pitch and in the games, and give my best for the great fans that they’ve got here.”
Wright left Gillingham after two years and over 90 appearances in all competitions in August.
He scored 14 goals last season for the Gills as they escaped relegation from League One and has racked up a vast amount of experience in the Championship and League One with over 200 appearances for the likes of Scunthorpe, Millwall, Crawley Town, Leyton Orient and then most recently at Gillingham.
After 14 goals last season, Wright described himself as an all-round midfielder.
“The biggest thing for me last year was I found a new player in myself which I’ve known I’ve always had.
“I can do both now. I can get forward, I can play out-and-out central midfield, but now I’ve got that feel of the goals in a season I would like to continue that.
“I want to say to myself that I’m a goalscoring midfielder, but I love to get on the ball. I’ve got the fitness and the legs to be able to do that so I see myself as an attacking midfielder, but an all-round midfielder because I can play either or.
“That was the biggest thing that came out of last season and I want to take that into this season.”
Wright will be looking to make his Blues debut next weekend away at Fleetwood Town.