ADAM Thompson has revealed it was an easy decision for him to join Southend United on a permanent basis.

As was revealed in last week’s Echosport, the 21-year-old has now signed for the Shrimpers on a permanent basis from Watford.

And Thompson was quick to express his delight at remaining at Roots Hall.

“When the opportunity to come to Southend came about permanently it was an easy decision to make,” said Thompson, who was an unused substitute at Plymouth Argyle on Saturday.

“I had been with Watford a long time so it was tough to leave but the team spirit and atmosphere at this club is the best I’ve seen it anywhere in my career so far and I doubt I’ll see it much better anywhere else for the rest of my time in football.

“I knew quite soon after I joined on loan that this was the club I wanted to be at permanently.

“I’ve really enjoyed myself and the lads here are excellent.”

Thompson made 11 appearances during a six month loan spell from Watford.

And he is certain the feel good factor at the club is the main reason why the Shrimpers find themselves pushing for promotion.

“There’s no little groups, we’re one big group all pulling towards the same aim and that’s going up,” said the Northern Ireland under 21 captain.

“Everyone is together and I think you can see that out on the pitch.

“It’s a huge reason for why we have done so well this season and why we’re up the top of the league as well as the fourth round of the FA Cup.

“The main priority is promotion to League One and at the moment we’re on track.

“We have a great opportunity to achieve that because of the spirit and confidence in the team and I want to play a part in that.”