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9 September 2013

Blues fan Jack Bridge hoping to pull on the Southend shirt at Roots Hall in the near future

Having cheered on the likes of Franck Moussa, Stuart O’Keefe and Kane Ferdinand from the stands over the years, youth team product Jack Bridge is now hoping to pull on a blue shirt at Roots Hall himself.

Playmaker Bridge marked his first competitive start of the season on Saturday with a brace in the 7-2 Youth Alliance Cup victory over Gillingham as he sets out on his tenth season at Boots & Laces. A supporter of the club since he was a boy, he’s hoping to break into the first-team picture this term.

“There is a lot of pride pulling on the shirt. It would be a dream to play for the club one day and make my first team debut. I love it, it’s like my home. I’ve been here since Under-9s and progressing through all those years has been good. Trying to push into that first team would be nice. I’ve supported Southend since I was young and I only live around the corner so it was the first club I ever watched,” he explained in an exclusive interview for Friday’s edition of ‘Blues’, the club’s official matchday programme.

“You see Jason and Josh pushing on and you obviously want to join them and be with them. You’re happy for them, but you just want to make sure you’re trying to get in there as well. If I keep playing like I did today - and hopefully I can - improve my game as much as I can and progress in training, then I don’t see why I can’t.”

Bridge has certainly, if belatedly due to an ankle injury sustained during pre-season, began this decisive season in fine form, notching a penalty against Milton Keynes Dons ahead of his second-half double against the Gills: I’m happy with my two goals. It was an enjoyable game to play in and the team did well.”

“I’m happy to score goals, I want to score goals and I’m glad that I’m getting them. It’s always been a part of my game but sometimes it’s not as easy to get them from midfield. But getting forward and getting in goalscoring positions is good and I’m getting them in the net,” he declared.

To read the full interview with Jack Bridge, where he talks about the frustration of being injured at the start of the season, his journey through the ranks at Boots & Laces and his strong team ethic, purchase ‘Blues’ at Friday’s match against Scunthorpe United for just £3.

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