Southend Rugby Club have completed the signing of Saracens legend Kris Chesney.
The 40-year-old back-row made more than 300 appear-ances during 14 seasons with Sarries.
But he will now be lining up for the Seasiders next season, much to the delight of their director of rugby Chris Green.
“I think it’s a fantastic signing for us and his experience will be hugely beneficial for us next season,” said Green.
“Last year we saw the impact Daniel Legge and James Kellard had when they were in the team, and out of it as well, so I’m delighted we’ve been able to bring Kris into the club.”
Chesney, who lives in Thorpe Bay, also spent two seasons playing for Toulon in France before lining up in National League One for Esher.
But Green feels Chesney still has plenty to offer.
“Kris doesn’t need to play anymore he just does it because he loves to so there’s no worries where that’s concerned,” said Green.
“He has tremendous enthusiasm and is a local lad too so wants to do well for the club. He’s very driven and he knows about us already after coaching here a few years ago when Kevin Harman was in charge.”
And Chesney will again be helping out with coaching responsibilities on his return to Warners Bridge.
“Kris will be helping to coach our youngsters and will be helping with the community work we do as well,” said Green.
“He will be a very big signing for us both on and off the pitch and we’re all really looking forward to seeing him in action for us.”
Southend will begin next season’s National Two South campaign at home to Redruth on Saturday, September 6.
The Seasiders will also end the campaign away from home against the Cornwall club in April.