Goalkeeper Daniel Bentley admits it will be a privilege to make his full debut for Southend United on Tuesday night.The 19-year-old stopper looks set to start at Peterborough United in the Capital One Cup First Road tomorrow night as manager Paul Sturrock continues to work on securing the services of an experienced number one.
And that means Bentley, a second year pro, looks set to deputise at London Road.
“For my name to be thrown into the hat to play now is a privilege,” Bentley told the official website ahead of the match.
“At the moment there is no one here so I take from that I am playing.
“I always prepare for every game that I am playing, even when Glenn Morris was here, just in case.
“Peterborough are a couple of divisions above us so we are expecting a tough, tough test.
“But I have got to earn the right to keep the jersey and that will be based on my performances on Tuesday and then further along if I get the opportunity.
“It’s all about experience for me right now and then more I get the better goalkeeper I am sure I will become.”
Bentley though has had limited game time during pre-season as a plethora of trialists have come and gone.
Blues have trialed four goalkeepers this summer with boss Sturrock frequently admitting he is keen to secure the right person after releasing Glenn Morris at the end of last season.
And that means for tomorrow night at least, Bentley will get the games he desires having previously made just one substitute appearance for the first team.
“I feel I have done well in pre-season and given a good account of myself when I have played so I am looking forward to the start of the season,” said the ex-Arsenal trainee.
“We have had quite a few keepers come in and out on trial and lots of rumours flying about regarding who we are going to sign.
“None of them have been signed and nothing has transpired from the trialists so I am here and ready.
“I am here to play; I don’t want to sit on the bench, as I am still young a lot of people have said that’s what I should be doing.
“But I strive to be on the pitch and I’ve done that in the last few games against good opposition.”