Blues winger can't wait for season to begin...
Southend welcome early title-favourites Blackburn Rovers to Roots Hall on Saturday afternoon as the new EFL season finally gets underway.
Michael Kightly is set to make his second full-debut for the club having returned to Southend earlier in the summer after signing from Blackburn’s arch-rivals, Burnley.
As an ex-Burnley player, Kightly expects some stick from the Rovers fans, but the winger is looking forward to the Blues testing themselves against the former Premier League champions.
“I’m sure I’ll probably get a little bit of stick, but to be honest I like getting a bit of stick because it spurs me on a bit. I’d rather them give me stick than no stick,” said Kightly.
“They’re probably the best team on paper in the league so it’s going to be a tough game for us.
“We’re looking forward to it and hopefully we can make it a tough game for them and get a good result.”
Born and bred in Essex, Kightly left the club originally back in 2005 and joked that, since returning, he’s at least not had to use his sat-nav to find his way around town.
With the new season on the horizon, the Blues new number 7 said that he’s “pleased” pre-season is over and he’s looking forward to getting started on Saturday.
"It’s a frustrating time pre-season. You don’t feel good every day, you feel tired, you train hard every day, so you go into games feeling a bit lethargic.
“I’m pleased it’s over and I’m looking forward to the start of the season.
“It’s going to be a tough season, there are a lot of good sides in the division this year and teams that are looking to get promoted so they’re spending some money as well.
“In training I can see a lot of quality here. I think we’ve got a small squad, which is good in a way because it gives us togetherness, but if we get a few injuries it can be hard.
“We need to make sure we’re all professional in our approach to training and games, and stay as fit as we can, and hopefully we can pick up a lot of points.”