MARK Phillips will be looking to entertain Southend again this weekend – but there will not be a football pitch in sight.

The centre-back left the Shrimpers at the end of last season after a four year spell at the club which saw him make 114 appearances.

But the 32-year-old will be back in town on Saturday night as a DJ, something he has been interested in doing since a very early age.

“I grew up in London around a few DJs and it was something I always enjoyed doing, even as a kid,” said Phillips, who hopes to be signing for a new club shortly.

“Once my football career started it took a bit of a back step but we put on a night for Neil Harris’ Everyman Appeal charity which went really well.

“Everyone enjoyed it and we raised a load of money too which was great.

“Since then people have been saying we should do it again on a more regular basis so that’s exactly what I’m doing and I’m looking forward to coming back to Southend this weekend.”

Working on the Get Funked nights, Phillips will be DJing at Southend Rugby Club on Saturday night.

Alongside him will be Matt Wray from Kiss 100 and Razor from Garage Nation and Phillips is sure it will be a night to remember.

“We’ve got some top DJs coming down and we’ve got a big marquee going up so it’s going to be great,” said Phillips.

“It would also be brilliant if a few Southend fans were able to come along because I didn’t really get a chance to say goodbye to them at the end of last season.

“This is a different way to do it but I’m sure everyone will enjoy it.”

The night gets underway at 7pm and will continue until 2am.

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