Midfielder hopes to get a chance from the start at Chesterfield on Saturday
Conor Clifford is eyeing a first league start of the season on Saturday against Chesterfield at the Proact Stadium.
Conor has been with Blues since July, and signed a permanent deal a couple of days before the season. He started the Capital One Cup game against Yeovil but has set his sights on replacing the injured Marc Laird in the starting line-up for the trip to the Proact Stadium.
He said: “It’s absolutely horrible what happened to Marc. I’ve got on really well with him since I cam here and he’s a close mate of mine already.
“It’s not a nice injury but we all know that’s football. Hopefully he can get himself back fit as quickly as possible because he’s done really well for the team this season.
“It would be nice if I could come in to the midfield this Saturday for what is going to be a really tough game. Everyone has been talking about them as the team to beat so it would be a big scalp for us to show the league what we’re all about.
“Both teams are going to try and get the ball down and play I think and it’ll be a good game for the fans to watch. If they do mix it up we’ve shown already this season that we can do that too.”
Conor says he’s settled in really well since joining and is looking forward to this away trip slightly more than the last one.
“There were a lot of us who had to sing when we went to Hartlepool,” he added. “I hate it but to be honest it was just like a very bad concert there were so many of us singing.
“We showed there that we can go away from home and put in a good performance and get the three points.
“I think Saturday will suit my style of play if it is a footballing test because I love to get the ball down and play, but if it’s not, I’m more than happy to roll my sleeves up and get stuck in.
“I spent about a month with Chesterfield during pre-season but for one reason or another it didn’t work out and I’m absolutely delighted to have joined Southend; I’m really enjoying it.
“The manager is the key to it all. You can sit down with him and have a chat all the time; his door is always open which is great. We’re flying at the moment and we want to keep that going against Chesterfield on Saturday.”