Summer signing Brandon Goodship has been settling into life at Southend United following his move from non-league side Weymouth and is hungry to succeed.
Blues face Championship outfit Reading in a behind closed doors game on Saturday to kickstart their programme of pre-season fixtures.
And Goodship is looking forward to getting back into game situations and putting their hard work on the training pitch into practice.
"It’s been good to get back into the swing of things and get into a routine,” said Goodship.
"All the boys are really nice guys; it’s like anywhere you go everyone’s quite welcoming and it was no different here. There’s a few of us staying at the same place at the minute while we find places and it's going well.
"The standards are high, a few of us are getting a bit of rustiness out of our legs but we’re all working hard, and everyone seems in good shape.
"We do the work on the training ground to prepare ourselves for the games on the weekend and that’s what we’re doing this week, getting as fit and as technically polished up as we can for Saturday’s game.”
The striker, who scored 77 goals in two seasons at Weymouth, was formerly in Bournemouth’s Academy and also had a short stint at Yeovil Town.
But a week into pre-season with Blues, the 24-year-old is enjoying every minute and is eager to prove his worth now back in the Football League following his time at Weymouth.
"I’m here to work hard and to prove to the manager that I’m good enough to play in this team and play as many games as possible,” he added.
"I’m definitely more experienced now because I’ve had good and bad experiences in football so hopefully I can use both of them to my advantage, and I’m hungrier than ever for success and play at this level.
"I’m grateful for the opportunity and hopefully I can repay the club and the manager for putting their faith in me and obviously that starts out here on the training ground.”
Goodship in training...