ANTON Ferdinand insists working with Phil Brown persuaded him to stay at Southend United.

The experienced defender has signed a two year deal to stay with the Shrimpers.

And Ferdinand revealed it was his relationship with the manager which led to him remaining at Roots Hall.

“I didn't take much persuading at all to stay with Southend because I wanted to keep on working with the manager," said the 32-year-old.

"Everything he said to me when I signed he delivered and gave me the confidence to go out there and play.

"He allowed me to do what I needed to stay fit and it meant I didn't have to go out onto the pitch worrying about injuries.

"I also enjoy playing with this group of players and that was another reason why I wanted to stay."

Ferdinand's fine displays last season saw him attract interest from elsewhere.

But the former West Ham United and Sunderland defender insisted he never wanted to leave.

"I had other offers but it's not about money for me," said Ferdinand.

"It's about enjoyment and I enjoy being with Southend so why would I want to leave?"