Midfielder delighted to have been given a chance towards the end of the season
Mitchell Pinnock has had just a little taste of first team action towards the end of the 2012/13 season, and he’s determined to build on that next year.
The winger, who came on against Aldershot and Morecambe towards the tail end of what has been a long campaign for Blues, has been offered a pro deal at the Club.
And he’s now already looking ahead to next season in the hope he can earn himself a regular place in the starting line-up under boss Phil Brown.
“It was just a fantastic experience to get into the first-team and be involved in the squad towards the end of the season,” he said.
“To come on twice was really exciting, especially against Morecambe where I had 25 minutes to impress. You never forget your debut and it was a special moment for me.
“The manager has shown faith in the youth setup here at the club and he’s been to which a lot of the youth games since coming here.
“I will work hard during the close season and pre-season and hopefully I can impress enough to earn a regular place in the starting line-up.
“I’m aiming to be the number 11 for Southend, that’s what I’m working towards, and with the backing of the manager I will do my best to get that.”
Pinnock joined the youth team here after being recommended by Arsenal – who boast one of the best youth setups in the country. The midfielder believes Blues also have an excellent setup and reckons more will be make the step up next season.
He added: “There’s a very good youth setup here and I was lucky enough to be part of it.
“Arsenal told me Southend would be a good club to join, they were right, and now I’m really looking forward to next season in the hope I can push for a starting place.
“Me, Seedy and Ryan were on the bench at the weekend along with Daniel Bentley, all of whom have come through the youth team here.
“I’m sure more will get the chance to impress next season because as I’ve said, the manager has already shown a lot of faith in the work Ricky and the youth guys are doing.”