Southend United are delighted to announce the return of Alan McCormack to Roots Hall on a short-term deal until January initially.
The midfielder, who previously made over 150 appearances at Blues before leaving in 2010, bolsters Mark Molesley’s squad with a wealth of experience.
He previously signed a permanent deal at Roots Hall from Preston North End in January 2007 following a fruitful loan spell and made a name for himself for his tenacious and committed style of play.
And McCormack said he’s thrilled to finally be back at Southend, 10 years on since leaving.
"It doesn’t feel like I’ve been away,” he said.
"When I had a phone call with the manager I was getting more and more excited to come back and I’m delighted it’s done.
"I loved my time at this club beforehand. I moved away to try and do something different and new in my life but I’m just thankful that I’m able to come back and, hopefully, make a difference here."
He went onto play for Charlton Athletic, Swindon Town and Brentford after leaving Southend, before successful spells at Luton Town and Northampton Town most recently.
And having been part of three successive promotions in the last three years, two with the Hatters and then in the League One Play-Off Final a few months ago with Northampton, McCormack said he’s excited about the project at Blues and working under Mark Molesley.
"I spoke to the manager on Tuesday evening and instantly the way he described things I got a really good feeling.
"It’s a project he’s embarking on and he wanted me to be part of it. At my age and the youthfulness of the squad I felt like I could be a real asset.
"The club unfortunately came down a level last year, so that challenge of trying to get straight back up is a great one to have.
"I’m a winner by nature, I hate losing even if it’s against my six-year-old boy in the back garden playing two touch.
"Pool, table-tennis, darts, you name it I hate losing, and that’s the nature I’ve always had about me.
"Come Saturday at 3 o’clock I’ll tend to raise up an extra 10-20 per cent and that will be the same this year."
On bringing in his second signing of the day, Molesley said McCormack will add some invaluable qualities to his squad.
"I remember playing against Alan and he’s a really tough competitor," he said. "I think that’s what we need.
"He’s got that steel, that grit but he’s got that experience and is a very good football player.
"You don’t have the career he’s had without being a very good footballer and a fierce competitor.
"It’s clear that last Saturday we had a very youthful squad out there and with some of the experienced players out injured at the moment, I think when they come back and we add Alan to that we’ve got a better balance.
"He’s won this league numerous times and that experience is unrivalled. He was playing in a successful Play-Off Final a few months ago and you can’t buy that.
"We want winners, we want strong characters and that strong mentality, and Alan ticks all of those boxes.
"He’s no stranger to the fans, he’s got great memories here and he’s another one who’s still got hunger to achieve in this game.
"He’s no stranger to the Chairman either, who actually mentioned Alan to me as well. Everyone is delighted to get that experience in the camp.”
McCormack has been assigned the number four shirt.