SOUTHEND United’s most expensive signing in six years, Cian Bolger, is out to make his mark on League Two this season.
The 22-year-old centre-back joined the Shrimpers from Bolton Wanderers for £25,000.
And the Irishman, whose face is still scarred by the cut he sustained in his one game on loan at Blues last season, is keen to enjoy a far more successful second spell with the club.
“Last time it didn’t go so well for with Southend but hopefully it will be better this time,” said Bolger, who has signed a two year deal with Blues.
“I only met up with the team on the Saturday morning of the match at York and never even got to see the training game.
“I got a couple of injuries in the game and I’ve still got the scar from the game that ruined my good looks.
“But I’m delighted to be back again and I want to make the most of the opportunity now.”
Bolger became the most expensive Shrimpers signing since Lee Barnard was snapped up from Tottenham Hotspur in January 2008.
And he hopes the switch will enable him to play regular first team football.
“Coming to Southend was a big decision for me because I had two years left at Bolton but I felt it was the right thing for my career,” said Bolger.
“There is only so many times you go out on loan and I wanted to go somewhere I could settle.
“I didn’t get the opportunities I would’ve liked at Bolton but that happens in football and you look to move on.
“I need to get games and hope to get them here to also help push this club on at the same time.”
Bolger travelled to Sweden with Bolton during pre-season and played two further 90 minute matches on his return.
He therefore feels fit enough to start at Accrington Stanley on Saturday and is eager to help the Shrimpers get off to a good start.
“We want to go to Accrington, get the three points and then move on from there,” said Bolger.
“It’s important to pick up points in the first 10 games or so and get yourself in to a good position.
“I’m really looking forward to the matches and working with the manager who has a very exciting vision for the future here.
“That was one of the major reasons why I wanted to come here and I definitely think this is a football club going places.”