Trialist midfielder John Spicer hopes to have his Southend United future decided one way or another in the next couple of days.
Spicer scored for the Blues in a 2-1 pre-season defeat against Millwall tonight at Roots Hall.
And having now spent three injury-interrupted weeks at Roots Hall, the 28-year-old hopes he has done enough to earn a permanent deal.
“If you try your best and you get a contract at the end of it then happy days,” Spicer told the official website. “All I can do is try my best and hope it is good enough.
“I would like to sign for Southend but I don’t really know what the situation is at the moment.
“I want it sorted sooner rather than later though. I’ve been here a couple of weeks now and unfortunately I picked up a little thigh strain out in Madrid which prevented me playing out there which has prolonged things.
“Hopefully in the next day or so I will have a clearer idea as I need to know either way now really.”
Spicer headed home Neil Harris’ cross in the 63rd minute to pull a goal back against the Championship side after Chris Taylor and Dany N’Guessan handed them a 2-0 half-time lead.
And the ex-Burnley, Notts County and Bournemouth midfielder felt Southend were unlucky not to grab an equaliser despite failing to get to tame the Lions in the opening 45 minutes.
“It was always going to be a tough game with the way they shaped up, but these games are training exercises to prepare you for when you come up against a side that plays that sort of formation,” he said.
“I thought we struggled with it in the first half but the gaffer put that right at half-time and then that led us to a goal and I felt we should have got an equaliser in the end.”