We take a look at another Blues academy graduate...
Alex Woodyard started his Southend United career in 2010 when he was only sixteen years old, signing a two-year scholarship.
He eventually made his professional debut in December 2010 against Burton Albion where Blues were beaten 3-1 at the Pirelli Stadium.
By the age of seventeen he had already made three appearances for the first team and come the summer of 2011 he signed his first professional contract with Blues.
In August 2011, Woodyard was loaned out to Conference side Farnborough where he scored one goal, in a 4-3 win over BasingstokeTown, and made 13 appearances.
Woodyard made his first Southend appearance in eighteen months with a 3-1 win over Dagenham & Redbridge in the Football League Trophy in October 2012. On his return he impressed massively, winning the Player of the Month award in October and November in 2012.
In May 2013 his contract came to an end and the midfielder joined Conference Premier side Dartford, but a year later he joined Conference South side Concord Rangers.
He became a real hit at the Beach Boys alongside joint managers Danny and Nicky Cowley, and when they left for Braintree in 2015, Woodyard made the move with them.
He earned England C call-ups whilst at Braintree, before again following the management team at Braintree when they left for Lincoln City.
Woodyard put pen to paper at Sincil Bank in June 2016 and helped guide them to promotion last season back into the Football League.