Southend United are delighted to announce the signing of Josh Coulson on a one-year deal with the option of a further year.
The former Cambridge United and Leyton Orient defender joins James Dunne in completing a move to the club so far this summer.
The 32-year-old made 124 appearances in four years with Orient and prior to that he featured 269 times for Cambridge in eight seasons with the U’s.
With two promotions from the National League on his CV at both former clubs, the centre-back believes he can bring that experience with him to Blues and help the club achieve its target next season.
"I won the league a couple of years ago with Justin Edinburgh at Leyton Orient and through the play-offs at Cambridge, so I’ve got a bit of experience and I look to bring that," said Coulson. "Hopefully that helps the team be successful.
"I met the manager at the training ground and we spoke about what he’s looking to do and it’s very much what I like to be part of.
"He likes his older players to lead by example so I’m looking forward to that.
"I don’t think you can shy away from the target. We’ll have that on our back because of the size of the club.
"It feels like a fresh start for the club and with the gaffer coming in towards the end of last season, unfortunately it was a bit too late to stay up.
"It’s going to be a tough season, but it will be good to see some fans back in the stadiums as well."
Manager Phil Brown said signing someone who has experienced winning promotions from the National League was a "no brainer".
"It was a major selling point," said Brown. "It was also the fact that when I met him he spoke a lot of sense. He spoke about his respect for Justin Edinburgh and there were lots of things to like about the guy.
"He knows how to play the game from a centre-half perspective, and he gives us the option to play three centre backs if necessary.
"But he looks like a leader, he looks like he’s got a voice and the two promotions on his CV was a no brainer to me.
"32 is no age for anybody these days, certainly the way the game is going in terms of fitness levels. I’ve got no qualms whatsoever and he should kick into the second year of his contract no problem.
"I was well impressed with the man and I’m looking forward to working with him."
Josh will officially become a Southend United player on 1st July.