New loan signing raring to go after joining from Wednesday
Blues’ new loan signing Caolan Lavery is hoping he can have an immediate impact following his move from Sheffield Wednesday until the end of the season.
The young striker joins Blues having impressed for Wednesday’s development squad and been on the fringes of their first team.
Now he’s ready to make his senior debut here at Roots Hall, and says he should be fit enough to make that, if selected, on Saturday against Oxford having recovered from a tight hamstring.
Speaking to the media for the first time since becoming a Blues player, Caolan said: “I’m delighted to be here and hopefully I can play a big part in trying to get the Club promoted to League 1.
“I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve been playing a lot for the development side at Wednesday and been on the bench a few times for the reserves so I can’t wait to make my senior debut.
“The manager at Wednesday gave me a call and said Southend were interested in taking me on loan. I spoke with the manager here, who has obviously been at Wednesday in the past, and it just made me realise this was a great opportunity.
“I see myself as a striker who likes to play on the shoulder, get in behind the defence and stick the ball in the back of the net. Hopefully I can do that.
“It’d be nice to get my first senior goal as quickly as possible because I don’t want it to be playing on my mind at all. This weekend would be nice!
“I’ve had a little bit of tight hamstring but I should be ready for Saturday and hopefully I will be selected.”
Born in Canada, Caolan moved to England four years ago in search of a professional club. He began with Ipswich before moving to Sheffield Wednesday.
Despite football not being the biggest sport in Canada, Caolan says he’s only ever had his sights of being a professional, and he’s determined to make the most of his opportunity here at Roots Hall.
“All of my mates play hockey, and I did play a bit of that when I was younger but it was always about football,” he added.
“I came over and had a few trials and eventually got an offer from Ipswich before I moved on to Sheffield Wednesday.
“I’m here at Southend now until the end of the season and hopefully this can be an important step in my career. I am really looking forward to it.”
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