After featuring in the league for the second time since joining on loan from Bristol City, centre back Taylor Moore spoke of his happiness to have made the move to Essex.
Unfortunately, Moore’s Southend Sky Bet League One debut, having already appeared in the 3-1 Checkatrade Trophy win over Cambridge United, ended in defeat away to Shrewsbury Town, but his own display was very assured.
So much so he was part of the side that defeated Fleetwood Town 1-0 a week later alongside Michael Turner and John White.
Moore showed why he is highly-rated at Bristol City despite only turning 21 back in May.
The Robins paid a seven-figure fee for him just over two years ago and as he begins to find his feet at Blues, Moore believes he’s at the right club to progress as a player.
“It was a long pre-season for me and I worked really hard over the summer,” he explained. “I went back to Bristol City and played some very good football. I had a good discussion with the manager there and he said a loan will be the best option for me.
“I’m very, very thankful to be here at Southend and I’ve been very impressed with absolutely everything at the club. Whether it’s the team, the staff, the fans, the facilities, and even Southend in general.
“At my age, at the age of 21, you need to look to learn and improve as much as possible, but if you can learn and improve in an environment like this one, with a very good manager, staff, players and in first team football, it’s great.
“I want to gain as much experience as possible. It might be at centre back, right back, left back or even defensive midfielder. I would be willing to play anywhere to get some experience.
“When you’re working with an ex-England defender and experienced pros like Michael Turner, John White, Jason Demetriou and Ben Coker, you can’t not learn from them.
“I think we’ve got a very good group here and I want to help the team kick on as much as I can.”
Moore is no stranger to Blues boss Chris Powell. They first met while with the England youth sides at U17 and U19 level.
In truth, Moore is no stranger to the England set-up, having won the European Championships with the U17s in 2014, scoring his penalty in the shoot-out win against the Netherlands in the Final, and captaining the U20s, whom he has two caps for.
And the defender said he’s delighted to be able to work with Powell once again.
“I’ve been very impressed with the club because of the manager that is here,” he added. “I knew, having worked with him before, it would be the right place to come to.
“I had a feel for what he is about from the time I was at the England with him and the minute I heard that Southend might be interested in taking me on loan I was jumping up and down and on the phone straight away to my agent to make it happen.
“I know Shawn as well, so I got on the phone to him and I said, ‘listen mate, be honest with me, what’s it like?’ He was full of praise for the team.
“Everything is going in the right direction at the club and we just need those results to come which will push us up the table.”