Colchester United Head Coach Steve Ball is delighted to have captured Tommy Smith.
The New Zealand international put pen to paper on Tuesday evening, signing a two year contract at the JobServe Community Stadium.
Ball spoke to iFollow after the double header against Peterborough, and was happy that Smith was on board as a U's player.
The U's Head Coach said: "It's brilliant news for the club and shows the mark of Tommy. He had good offers elsewhere but chose to be with us."
"We've already seen his qualities as a player in his time here, and he is a proven defender at higher levels than League Two.
"As well as being a quality player, he's a leader and I'm sure he'll be a magnificent signing for us."
Ball also explained that more than just footballing ability is looked at when players are considered for recruitment, their character is a factor as well.
"I've always said that any senior lads that come into the squad have to have the right make-up and character for us and we have got that in the group here already.
"Tommy will add to that, he knows the model of the club and he will really help the young lads develop into better players.
"For the likes of Ollie Kensdale, Ryan Clampin and Miquel Scarlett, working alongside a defender of Tommy's quality can only make them better."
Smith will take the vacant number five shirt for the U's - if you would like to sponsor his kit, email Ben Conway .