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Southend United have completed the permanent signing of midfielder, Jacob Mellis from Sky Bet League One outfit, Gillingham.
The 30-year-old arrives at Roots Hall on a contract until the end of the current campaign with the option of another year.
The one-time Chelsea youth product spent loan spells at Southampton and Barnsley during his time at Stamford Bridge, before moving to Barnsley on a permanent deal in 2012.
Further moves to Blackpool, Bury and Mansfield Town followed before he linked up with Bolton Wanderers and subsequently the Gills at the start of the 2020/21 season.