Sean Clohessy means business at Colchester United

Sean Clohessy

Sean Clohessy - Credit: Su Anderson

Sean Clohessy has come back from Scotland, and he means buisness!

Tenacious right-back Clohessy, who spent three successful seasons at Southend, before a one-year excursion north of the border to play for Kilmarnock, rubber-stamped a move back to Essex on Tuesday by signing a a two-year deal with Colchester United.

Shrimpers supporters will be frustrated to see Clohessy sign for their Essex rivals – the 27 year-old rattled up 166 appearances for the Roots Hall club – but now he has a golden chance to re-establish himself in the English game.

“I’m not sure how this news will go down at Southend. It might be a bit tricky!” confessed Clohessy, who has been joined by fellow U’s new signings Ben Gordon and Chris Lewington.

“But I enjoyed my time at Southend. They were the best three years of my career, and that was the best football I have played.


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“Now I want to bring that sort of consistency to Colchester. People move on in their careers, and you can’t not go somewhere just because of another club you played for earlier in your career.

“You have to survive, and it’s a good move to come to Colchester.

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“I will always watch out for Southend’s results, but we are in a different league,” added Clohessy.

Croydon-born Clohessy plied his trade in the Scottish Premier Division with Kilmarnock last season. He made 26 appearances for Killie, scoring a couple of goals in the 5-2 defeat by Celtic and a 3-1 loss to St Johnstone.

But he was eager to return south, mainly for family reasons, so a switch to Colchester fits the bill perfectly.

“I must say that I’m glad to be back in Essex,” admitted Clohessy.

“The plan was always to come back south, and as soon as this chance came up, it was always going to happen.

“My agent spoke to the boss (Joe Dunne) previous to last season, but obviously it wasn’t able to happen then because of different factors.

“But once there was availability for me to go this time, it was always going to go ahead.

“It was a long distance up to Kilmarnock, and it was the first time I had been away from home.

“I found it challenging. My fiance and my daughter didn’t come with me, because she had commitments to her university course, and I wasn’t happy being away from them,

“So it was challenging, although coming back home has helped that out.

“I wanted to go up to Scotland and play in that league, and it was an eye-opener.

“A lot of people say the Scottish League is not that good, but it is a very good standard. It needs more credit than what it gets.

“It is very physical, but there are a lot of good players up there and most clubs are probably at a higher level than League One.”

Clohessy, who was on the books of Gillingham and then Salisbury, before his move to Southend in 2010, describes himself as an attacking right-back.

“I am an attack-minded full-back – that’s the modern day full-back. When you look at Dani Alves (Brazil) and those sort of players, they get their wingers going back the other way. But I have to do my defensive duties as well,” added Clohessy.

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