Blues midfielder Jack Payne is looking forward to the Club’s Academy Day when Southend United take on Shrewsbury Town at Roots Hall.
Payne, who came through the Club’s youth system, has been a key figure in Phil Brown’s side so far this season and has already been in the goals in Sky Bet League Two.
And the 19-year-old is delighted that the Academy is getting the focus and credit it deserves on Saturday.
“I think it’s a really good idea,” Payne said.
“The Club worked wonders for me when I was a kid and I’ve been fortunate that the hard work and belief from not just myself, but the coaches I had at the time, has paid off.
“There’s a really good success rate of bringing young players through to the first team here and I’m sure that will continue, especially with the quality of coaches that there are in the youth set-up.
“Even if you don’t make it at the Club, the education they give you and the development over the years allows players to go on and still have decent careers in the game."
Payne, who has been in good recent form and scored the winner in Blues’ win over York, is aiming to continue Blues’ rise up the table against fellow play-off side Shrewsbury.
“Hopefully I can help the team get another good result on Saturday. My form has been good and I’m pleased with it, but the most important thing is the team getting wins.”