SOUTHEND have completed the signing of former Barnet player Harry Taylor on a free transfer.

The 25-year-old has completed his move to Roots Hall, after signing a two-year deal at the club with an option for a further year

Taylor made over 185 appearances for the north London club and has become boss Kevin Maher’s third summer signing.

Taylor is able to play in both the midfield and defence and will be able to strengthen the squad in more ways than one.

Blues boss Maher said: “We’re delighted to sign Harry, he’s someone that knows the level very well.

"He’s a very good footballer and works his socks off for the team. He’s played a few different positions for Barnet and I know we beat off a few clubs to get him.

"Darren [Currie] knows what he’s all about having worked with him, which was important, but he’s a great addition. 25 years of age for a centre midfielder primarily, but can cover a number of different positions, is a good age and he still has loads of potential.

"His versatility is just a bonus and that’s because he’s a very good footballer. He has the right character, the right number of games under his belt and he’s going to get better with us.”

Taylor has admitted he is delighted to have joined the Blues and is looking forward to the start of the season.

Speaking to Blues TV, Taylor said: "I’m delighted to finally get it over the line and it should be an exciting season ahead.

"It’s a relief to get the move confirmed and all my focus now can go on pre-season and the season ahead."

On his position and his best attributes, he added: "I just like to be in the centre of the pitch so if it’s centre back or centre midfield then I’m happy, but I’m thinking more centre mid if I’m honest.

"I’m a very versatile player, I can play in a number of positions, I’m a hard worker and I’d say I do the simple stuff quite well.

"This is a great club to join with a very good history and a very good fanbase which attracted me. Speaking to the manager and the way they want to play it was very appealing to me."

Taylor will wear the number 16 shirt next season.