Winger Ricky Holmes has joined League 2 side Southend United one month after his second stint at Northampton Town was not renewed.

33-year-old Holmes signed a short term deal at the PTS Academy Stadium in November after being made a free agent. He would make 11 appearances in a second spell with the club where he’d previously featured in a promotion winning Northampton squad in 2015-16.

But he was released in January during a squad rebuild in the month, and after training with Southend, Holmes has now signed a full contract until the end of the season with the side who are currently 22nd in the 4th tier of English football.

Holmes told the official Southend United website of his delight to join the club he grew up supporting for the first time.

He said, “It’s great to sign. It’s been a good week of training with a game in there as well to show that I’m fully fit and I can’t wait to get going on Saturday.

“The games are coming thick and fast so hopefully I can bring a lot to the team.

“It’s been known over the years that I support Southend, I’m from the area and one day I said I’d hopefully come back after getting released as a kid, and thankfully it’s happened.”