Elvis Bwomono says the feeling experienced on Saturday of keeping Southend in League One next season and euphoric scenes in the aftermath is something he will hold onto forever.
Bwomono made his 50th appearance for Blues against Sunderland and played a vital part in the win, crossing the ball in the lead up to Stephen Humphrys’ winning goal.
It sparked wild celebrations which the right back said after a testing season for everyone was the relief and emotions coming out.
"I think I’ve recovered, and I’ve settled down now but the feeling is still with me and I don’t think it will ever leave me,” said Bwomono.
"It’s something that I will cherish because it was a big moment for the club and especially the fans. That relief of staying in the league and keeping our League One status.
"It meant everything. As a young player, this is just my second season of playing pro football and there’s a lot of ups and downs.
“I’ve gone through quite a lot already in my two years; being dropped out the team and the change of manager, but as a club we needed to stay in League One.
“People at the club have ambitions of going higher and moving forward with the new stadium and staying in League One is the first base of it all.
"I’m normally a quiet person and I go through things, but I think the way the game went and the way the season went, the way I was able to help the team the emotions overcame me. I saw all the fans celebrating, I had family at the game and everything came out. I left everything out there.
"That was definitely the best moment of my short career and it’s a feeling that will never leave me.
"For years to come I will never forget it. I still keep getting messages come through from fans.
"After the season we’ve had, a lot of frustrating times with injuries and losing games and things that have gone on over the course of the season, for us to pull that off and stay in League One is fantastic.”
Bwomono’s performance earned him a spot in the EFL Team of the Week on Tuesday as well as Quest’s League One standout performance of the weekend.
And he feels like he’s learned a lot this season which can only bode well for the future.
"I’m still a young player and to play 50 games as fast as I have, I couldn’t ask for anything more,” Bwomono added.
"To top it off I got in the team of the week and was named player of the weekend for League One, on top of keeping us in the league, so I’m just over the moon. Words can’t explain the feeling.
"At the start of the season my target was to play more games than I did last year. I played 14 last season and 36 this, so I think me playing these games is a sign that I’m doing something well.
"Every experience I go through is a new experience but it’s something that will set me up for the rest of my career.
"I’ve experienced a new manager, a transition of two managers, of losing, winning, scoring, TV games and overall playing 50 games it’s only going to help me in the future.
"It was a very good season for me personally and I’m very happy with how it went.”