Southend defender Mark Phillips has agreed a new two-year contract at Roots Hall.
The 29-year-old made 46 appearances for the Blues last term, earning the club's player of the year gong, and boss Paul Sturrock is delighted to have secured his services for another tilt at League Two promotion.
"Mark was our stand out performer last season so to get him agreed is great news," Sturrock told the club's official website.
"He was rightly so our player of the year and we will be looking for him to do even better next season.
"As well as his defensive qualities, Mark scored nine goals which is what you want from a defender. With him and Chris Barker we are gradually getting everything in order for the new season."
Phillips added: "Even though we missed out on promotion I really enjoyed last season. Now this is agreed I can fully concentrate on coming back for pre-season and hopefully helping the team go one better this time."