Southend United’s Gary Deegan is hopeful of making his debut when Blues travel to AFC Wimbledon in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on Tuesday night.
Deegan was involved for the first time at Plymouth Argyle on Saturday as he was named on the substitutes’ bench, but didn’t come on in the 2-0 defeat.
The central midfielder is now hoping to be in Phil Brown’s starting line-up when Blues make the short trip to the Kingsmeadow Stadium on Tuesday.
He said: “It was nice to be involved against Plymouth Argyle in some capacity, but hopefully I can make my debut against AFC Wimbledon.
“I’ve settled in really well and actually the two long away trips have helped me to get to know the lads quite a bit better.
“I had to sing my initiation song at Carlisle United and I did an Irish song that none of the lads had heard of so I got away with it!
“Last Wednesday I got 90 minutes under my belt in a development friendly and I feel as though I’m getting very close to my full fitness.
“I’m confident that if I come into the side AFC Wimbledon I will take the chance and make an impression on the manager.”
Deegan felt Blues were unlucky not to get anything for their efforts after going down to ten-men at Plymouth Argyle.
But he’s confident Blues can get back to winning ways against AFC Wimbledon, and get one over the Dons after defeat in the League Two weeks ago.
He said: “The lads worked really hard on Saturday but it was always going to be difficult when we went down to ten men.
“We played well in the first-half and were probably unlucky not to get a goal, but they were able to take advantage in the second-half.
“AFC Wimbledon did a job on us at Roots Hall a couple of weeks ago, I was there watching the game and we were unlucky not to win.
“Hopefully we can get the win on Tuesday because it would be great to progress in the cup and try and reach Wembley.”