Ryan Hall needs to let his football do the talking rather than those around him according to his manager Paul Sturrock.
The Blues boss aired his views on the tricky winger following mounting speculation that his future is set to be away from Roots Hall.
And Sturrock admitted that Hall would only be allowed to leave Southend United if an acceptable offer is made.
“If Ryan Hall is going to leave this football club as far as I am concerned then it will be with a Southend United price tag next to his name,” Sturrock exclusively told the official website on Friday night.
“This club will not be bullied in any way to be selling our players cheaply.
“Ryan was fantastic last season and I want him to now get this out of his mind.
“He is going to be out of contract at the end of the season and so it is important that he puts in performances between now and then end of the season to enable him to pick up a club next season.
“Anthony Grant did exactly the same and we got good service out of him. He has moved on and everything was handled well as he was back on Tuesday night and we had a wee laugh and a chat.
“I think that Ryan is going to have to understand that his agent and the people he is listening to are filling his head with a lot of things.
“He has got to play his football and I hope and pray he appreciates what I have told him.
“I spoke to him in front of the rest of the players and I hope he gets the 14 or 15 goals this season he is capable of.”
Meanwhile, Sturrock is well aware he has some incoming transfer business to do.
Blues are still without a first choice keeper with the new season only four days away.
And although unlikely to happen before Southend’s Capital One Cup trip to Peterborough United, the Scotsman will be working flat out this weekend to get the right man in place.
“It has been a very difficult time finding the right keeper,” he said.
“Taking a loan has become harder with the U21 league being started in the Premier League and then I’ve looked at five or six aged 36-40 who I don’t think I good enough either.
“I know I only have four or five days left so it is something I will have to do quickly but I want to make sure I get the right person.
“The cup game will come a bit too quickly to get it sorted by then but we will be working on it over the weekend.”