Date: 12th February 2015 at 6:03pm
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Adam Barrett has proven, and admitted to the Echo, that even the best and most experienced of players still feel nerves at times….

Barrett might be 35-years-old and have almost 300-games under his belt for us previously but he’s confessed that he felt some unusual nerves ahead of his second Southend debut in midweek.

The fact that he suffered an injury setback when he arrived meant that he had to wait a little longer to play for us again and the veteran of 289-games in his first spell at Roots Hall feels that perhaps this added to the tension – that and the fact that he really did feel like he was ‘coming home.’

‘It really did mean a lot for me to be playing for Southend again but it was a strange feeling too and I haven’t been that nervous for a very long time.

‘At my age now and having been lucky to have played so many games over the years, I don’t normally feel like that anymore.

‘You do feel a little bit up tight which is to be expected but so much has been made of my return that it brought the nerves back.’

Barrett got on for the final 20-odd minutes when he replaced the injured Ben Coker, with his help we saw out another cleansheet in the two-nil win over Cheltenham.

It’s nice to know that even the toughest, most experienced and oldest our there can still fill the jitters, it’ll get easier now Adam….

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