Cauley looking for happier times after tasting defeat on his last visit to Roots Hall with Luton Town
Young striker Cauley Woodrow is hoping to have happier memories of Roots Hall during his time on loan with Blues.
Cauley played at Roots Hall aged 15 for Luton Town in the FA Youth Cup, and was on the end of a 2-1 defeat.
Having joined on transfer deadline day on an initial one-month loan deal, Cauley is now hoping to enjoy a much more successful time at Roots Hall.
He said: “I came here when I was 15 with Luton Town in the FA Youth Cup and we lost the game 2-1.
“I remember I was in the corner and got absolutely clattered by a defender who got sent off. It wasn’t the best day for me.
“Hopefully now I’m here playing for Southend I can have some happier times and can get some time out on the pitch and score some goals.
“This is my first taste of Football League action so I’m really looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead.
“I played in the first-team for Luton before I moved to Fulham but since then I’ve been playing the under-18’s and reserve teams.
“When I heard of Southend’s interest I was always keen to sign because I want to be in an environment where three points on a Saturday means something.”
Cauley was able to settle into life with Blues on Monday rather easily, with the help of fellow 18-year-old Jack Payne, with whom Cauley was with at Tottenham when they were both younger.
The striker added: “I’ve know Jack for a long time. We were both at Tottenham before we went different ways. I didn’t speak to him really before I came here, only on Friday night when I said I was going to watch the game at Wycombe.
“I’ve not actually seen Jack for a few years because he was here and I was at Fulham but it’s great to be playing alongside him again.
“It’s been great to have him here to help me settle in, but all the lads have been really welcoming which is a massive help.”