David Stockdale says he jumped at the chance to help Chris Powell and Southend out after joining on an emergency loan.
The goalkeeper goes straight into the squad for today’s visit of the Sky Bet League One leaders.
And the 32-year-old said getting competitive game time at Blues was made it a simple decision to make.
“I was ready to come and get some games,” said Stockdale. “I haven’t played many games this season so to come and help out the Gaffer, it’s my pleasure really because he’s such a top guy and he looked after me in his Leicester days.
“We were roommates at Leicester, he looked after me there, and we’ve always kept in touch. Lee Harrison I’ve played against a few times, so I know a little bit about everyone.
“I know the score, I know it’s just to help out. I know Mark Oxley, we spent some time together at Hull, so I wanted to come down.
“I knew it would be a good set of lads because the Gaffer here wouldn’t put a team together he didn’t believe in, so I knew straight away - I didn’t have to think twice.”
Stockdale is likely to come straight into the fold for today’s visit of Peterborough.
And although the former Brighton & Hove Albion man has played at the highest level and been involved in numerous promotion campaigns, he knows it will be a tough task coming into the side.
“It doesn’t matter how experienced you are, it’s going to be a tough ask,” Stockdale added. “However experienced you are, you’ve got to perform at the level you’ve signed on at.
“I’ve got some things to go out and prove and hopefully I can do that and benefit Southend.
“I’ve had some good memories at Roots Hall. My debut for Fulham came at Roots Hall in a friendly and I did really well and then with Leicester, we got promoted at Southend so I’ve got some good memories here.
“Hopefully I can keep that going and basically just help out. I’ve not come here to take anyone’s spot or anything, I’ve just come here to help out the club because you’ve got such a wonderful manager and team.”