We are delighted to announce Sam Mantom has completed a permanent transfer to Roots Hall for an undisclosed fee.
The midfielder, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Blues, has signed a two-year deal with a one-year option from Scunthorpe United.
Mantom played seven games after recovering from injury to make his debut in the 2-0 win over Rotherham United in March.
The 26-year-old came through the ranks at West Brom before cutting his teeth in first-team football for Walsall after a loan spell at Banks’s Stadium.
At the Saddlers, he made over 100 appearances in three years at League One level.
His move to Scunthorpe saw him appear in back-to-back playoff campaigns after reaching the semi-finals with Walsall the year before leaving for Glanford Park.
Speaking to southendunited.co.uk, Mantom expressed his delight at completing a move back to Blues, something he wanted ever since the final game of the season.
“I'm delighted to have signed, it's been going on for a couple of weeks now, I first thought that I was going back to Scunthorpe, but Chris Powell was on the phone to my agent and things have progressed pretty nicely.
"Being here last season helped and when the manager shows the desire to bring you back to the club it was a no-brainer for me and now being back in this changing room I hope good things will come."
It just so happens that Mantom played alongside one of Blues' summer signings Tom Hopper, and the former Iron man can't wait to link up with his fellow team-mate.
"Hops is a good guy and he is some player, he does a lot of work that you don't see; he wins a lot of flick-ons and stuff that you appreciate as a player because he will get to a ball that you don't think that he will get too and will continue the momentum of the attack.
"He will go out and win a second ball where you don't think he's got a chance and he keeps it alive and he's a fantastic signing for Southend and I can't wait to play alongside him."