Southend United have made midfielder Luke Hyam their sixth summer signing.
The 26-year-old has signed a two-year deal with a third-year option after being released from Ipswich Town at the end of last season.
Hyam came through the academy at the Championship side, having joined as an 11-year-old, and went onto make 146 appearances.
And he is now looking forward to a new chapter in his career at Blues.
“It’s been in the pipeline for a few weeks now and I’m just glad to have signed and I can’t wait to get started,” said Hyam.
“I was at Ipswich for a long period of time and there was some uncertainty when I came into the last year of my contract there, but this is an opportunity to come somewhere different and I can’t wait to get my teeth into it.”
Hyam described himself as a box-to-box midfielder, adding: “I’ve got a lot of energy, I like to get around the pitch and put tackles in and be very competitive.
“I also like to lead on the pitch and make my presence known.”
And he can’t wait to get started and push on with his target of getting back into the Championship with Southend.
“First and foremost I just want to get back playing football. For the last two or three years I haven’t played regularly.
“I spoke to the gaffer and he was a main reason for me joining with his ambitions for next season.
"Of course every player wants to play at the highest level possible. I’ve played my whole career in the Championship, so dropping down to League One my aim is to get back up there with Southend.”
Welcome to Blues, Luke!