Southend United are delighted to announce the signing of Australia captain Mark Milligan.
The 33-year-old midfielder, who can also play at centre-back, has signed a one-year deal plus a club option for a further year, and we have no reason to feel that Mark’s playing career will not continue beyond the initial period.
Thereafter it is intended that Mark will remain with the Club for at least a further two years in a coaching role either within the Academy or First Team, employing his vast experience and leadership skills to the advancement of Southend United Football Club.
At that time we would hope and anticipate of being in the throes of relocating from Roots Hall to the new stadium and our Academy having achieved Category Two Status, as is proposed.
Upon signing for Blues, Milligan said: “I’m very excited. It’s always a process but to be down here now I can’t wait to get started.
“I met with Kevin Bond and he was wonderful, as was the Chairman Ron Martin. My agent has worked closely with the Chairman in getting this exciting project across the line.
“Everything they’ve done for me so far has been outstanding and is a massive part of why I signed.
“The way that they went about things and how it’s all happened since has been very professional and it makes me excited.
“The competitiveness of games at this level with sometimes three games a week, along with the ambition of getting the club back to the Championship, was also an important part in my decision.”
Milligan has been capped 79 times for his country, as well as playing in four World Cups, and was most recently at Scottish Premiership side Hibernian.
And he’s looking forward to the next step in his career and making the move into English football for the first time.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to play a lot of games internationally and at some major tournaments as well so one thing that I will bring is experience, on and off the pitch, which can sometimes be hard to come by,” he added.
“I’m able to play in a few positions but from all our conversations I’m viewed as more of a defensive midfielder which suits me fine. That’s where I’ve played the majority of my career.
“I like a challenge and this next step for me is a new challenge which I can’t wait to get started.”
The deal is subject to international clearance.