Paul Konchesky says he cannot wait to get started with East Thurrock United after getting ‘itchy feet’ towards the end of last season.

The former Liverpool and West Ham United defender, who made two appearances for England between 2003 and 2005, joined the National League South club as a player/coach last week.

Konchesky, 37, left Billericay Town last November having been appointed captain at the AGP Arena.

But, having played in numerous charity matches and worked on his coaching badges, he has now made a return to football.

And the former Premier League defender is not expecting an easy ride at the second level of non-league football.

“It is a tough league,” he said. “I have had a look at the opposition and it is very competitive. Billericay being in there is nice and I look forward to that game.

“Last year was tough as well. People thought Billericay would run away with it but it was touch and go until the end of the season so it doesn’t necessarily matter how good the group is but what the team’s confidence is like.

“I want to play, as always, but I have done my UEFA B Licence so I am looking to help others as well. I can help senior and younger players.

“It isn’t full-time too so it’s a good opportunity for me to still spend time with my family.”

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