Date: 7th July 2007 at 11:19am
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Nicky Bailey completed a £175,000 move to League One side Southend United and the midfielder admitted he always wanted to sign for the Blues.

Bailey signed a three year deal on Tuesday and joined his new team-mates for pre-season trianing after Barnet and Southend successfully negotiated a transfer fee.

Southend had a bid rejected in the January transfer window for Bailey and Bailey admitted, ‘I was disappointed when Southend came in for me in January and Barnet turned them down.

‘I had a sulk and hoped they’d still want me in the summer.’

He also told Southend’s official website, ‘Getting relegated hasn’t changed my opinion on playing for Southend. The moment I knew they still wanted me I was keen to get it sorted. I’m looking forward to helping the club and hopefully we’ve got the new stadium to play in the next few years as well.’

And Bailey said he was determined in breaking into the starting XI despite a host of midfield competition, and wants to get his new club promoted as soon as possible so he can show his abilities in the Championship.

‘Southend have done well before in this division so I think we can push for promotion,’ he said.

‘There are a lot of midfielders here but you want to have competition because there is no point in thinking that you are going to be playing every week.’

‘I am looking forward to getting fit and coming out all guns blazing,’ he told Blues World.

It leaves Barnet with just three central midfielders at the club – all of whom are summer signings: Neal Bishop, Max Porter and Michael Leary.