MICHAEL Kightly has completed his return to Southend United, after signing a three-year deal with the club.

As first reported by the Echo, Blues boss Phil Brown was eager to seal the winger's signature.

And, following his release by Premier League side Burnley at the end of last season, Kightly has returned to Roots Hall.

The Basildon-born winger came through the Shrimpers' ranks and scored once in 19 games during his first spell with the club.

However, Kightly was released by Blues and the former Chalvedon School pupil rejuvenated his career during a successful spell with non-league Grays Athletic.

Kightly’s fine form saw him snapped up by Wolverhampton Wanderers before he also went on to play for Watford, Stoke City, Burnley and Burton Albion.

The 31-year-old also represented England at under-21 level.

Kightly becomes Blues' second summer signing, following the arrival of former loanee Stephen Hendrie.

But Michael Turner, who joined Brown's side on the week-long pre-season training camp in Spain last week, is set to sign a contract with the club.