PAUL Konchesky is thrilled to be back at Billericay Town as assistant manager.

The former England international lined up for Billericay during the 2016/17 season.

And the 39-year-old is relishing his return to New Lodge where he will be working alongside Town boss Jamie O’Hara.

“I’m really excited about it,” said Konchesky.

“I just wish the season would hurry up and get going now because I can’t wait for it to start.

“It’s a been long break for everyone but there are exciting times ahead now, both for myself and the club as well.”

Konchesky - who also lined up for Charlton Athletic, Fulham and Leicester City during his career - was first offered the opportunity to come back to Billericay last season.

But he was keen to wait until the time was right.

“I spoke to Jamie last year but it probably just wasn’t right,” said Konchesky.

“After the season finished he gave me another call and said the chance for me to come in as number two was still on the table.

“He told me to have a think about it so I did and it’s something I want to do.

“I’m pleased he’s given me the opportunity to come to a football club I already know well because I’ve played here before.”

And Konchesky will combine working at Billericay alongside his day to day role at West Ham United, another of his former clubs.

“I do the loans at West Ham really and look after the players who go out on loan,” said Konchesky.

“That’s more day to day and hopefully there could be a connection where we might be able to get some players to Billericay.”

Town were 18th in the National League South standings when last season was curtailed prematurely due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But Konchesky is keen for Billericay to be far higher up the table next time around.

“It’s going to be a tough season but we will aim to be in the top half and once you do that you never know what could happen,” said Konchesky.

“First and foremost we need to win football matches but we will put the pressure on because we want to do well as coaches and as a squad.

“We have a new squad so it’s going to be a tough season.

“But I think being in the top half and pushing for the play-offs would be a fantastic season for us.”