SOUTHEND United legend Spencer Prior believes Mark Milligan will be a ‘massive’ signing for the Shrimpers.

Prior, who won four promotions during his spell with Blues, has lived in Australia since retiring in 2007.

And the 48-year-old is certain the Socceroos captain will have a huge impact at Roots Hall.

“This is a massive signing,” said Prior.

“I know all about Millsy and he’s an absolutely quality bloke both on and off the pitch.

“He will be the best leader Southend have had since Adam Barrett and it’s a fantastic piece of business by Ron (Martin).

“He’s the Socceroos captain and his work ethic is great.

“When I was back at Southend last year I noticed that the players trained and went, people weren’t staying behind.

“But Millsy will be the first to arrive and the last to leave.”

Milligan, who plays in defensive midfield, has won 79 caps for his country and has lined up in four World Cups.

And Prior is now pleased to see the Shrimpers receiving coverage down under.

“Millsy is the Socceroos captain so he’s massive over here,” said the former centre-back.

“He’s in the papers but it’s been quite funny because no-one has a clue who Southend United are over here.

“I’ve seen it written as South End a few times now and we can’t be having that!

“Everyone supports Premier League teams here but Southend are on the radar over here now and people will be taking a keen interest in how he does.”

And Prior is certain Milligan will be determined to succeed with the Shrimpers.

“This won’t be about the money for him,” stressed Prior.

“If he wanted money he would’ve gone to China or the UAE but he will want to do well at Southend and it’s going to be interesting to see how he does in League One.

“It will be different to what he used to and he may have to play differently to the way he likes but the fact he’s been in Scotland before coming to Southend will help him.”

Milligan was the second signing made by Blues boss Kevin Bond.

And Prior was pleased to see the former Bournemouth manager appointed.

“I thought it was a brilliant appointment,” said Prior.

“Kevin is so experienced and will have a great network he can use which has now been seen with the signing of Millsy.

“To have him lined up as coach is great as well, whether that’s in the first team or the academy.

“Ricky Duncan is great at Southend and if he could work with Millsy I think it would be brilliant.”