Southend United are delighted to announce Jason Demetriou has signed a new contact.
The former Cyprus international joined Blues in 2016 and has gone on to make 178 appearances.
He has put pen to paper on a one-year extension which includes a club option of a second year.
Manager Phil Brown said: "I’m absolutely delighted. He’s signed to us as a player at the moment and hopefully we can help him in his journey where coaching is concerned, but it’s not officially started yet. That’s something for him in the future.
"In the main I want JD to concentrate on getting 35/40 games next year because I’m sure the way he plays the game and the way he conducts himself off the field of play he will be quite capable of getting that many games in.
"I was responsible for bringing him to the football club and I’m delighted to be working with him again for another year, possibly even longer."
After signing his deal, which was agreed ahead of the players’ return for pre-season last week, Demetriou said: "I was so glad to get everything sorted. The staff all knew I wanted be back here and it was just about finalising it so it suited all parties.
"I’ll be going into my sixth season at the club and I felt like I had to stay to try and help get us back into the Football League.
"I signed over a week ago and it was all about timing so I’ve been back in pre-season since day one with everyone which has been good. The main bulk of the football work started on Monday and it’s been really tough, double sessions each day.
"It’s not something you miss when you’ve been around a long time but it’s what we need. Everyone knows if you have a good pre-season it sets you up for the year. It’s when you miss a pre-season that you’re always chasing, so I’m glad that I’m fit and hopefully I can participate as much as possible and get as many minutes under my belt [in pre-season].
"We need a good start so pre-season is massive for me and everyone.
The 33-year-old added: "We need to perform well and bounce back this season. We all played our part in last season and we ended up going down so I felt it was right to come back and play as many games as possible to help us have a good season."
Welcome back, Jason!