SOUTHEND Rugby Club hope to complete the signing of scrum half Jack Daly in time for him to make his debut against Worthing tomorrow.
The teenage scrum half is currently on the books of Premiership side Wasps.
But Seasiders’ director of rugby Chris Green is close to bringing him to Warners Bridge.
“Jack is a good young player and one we’re close to signing,” said Green.
“Hopefully everything can be completed in time for him to play against Worthing because I really do feel he can make a difference to us.
“He’s already played in our second team and he has a link with to the club as his father played here previously too.
“So fingers crossed he’ll come in and do well.”
Southend are certainly in need of a boost too after making a disappointing start to the season.
Green’s side have lost seven of their opening 10 fixtures of the campaign and currently sit third from bottom in the standings.
Last time out, they were beaten 51-14 at Canterbury.
And tomorrow could prove to be another tough test against a Worthing team who are fourth in the table.
“Worthing are a good side and they are up there again this season,” said Green.
“They’ve been together for a while as a team and all know what’s required of them.
“They also had a beat the league leaders Henley 49-5 last weekend which shows how strong they are and we certainly know we’re going to be in a for a hard game.”
However, Green is demanding an improved display from his troops and he wants them to learn from their defeat against Canterbury.
“They scored seven or eight tries against us and I think six and a half of them were our fault,” said Green.
“We can’t afford to keep on doing that and giving teams a way out and we have to be able to build up our own spells of pressure.
“We did that a bit more in the second half against Canterbury and we will need to do it right from the start this weekend.”
>Southend have held their annual City Dinner at Vinopolis in London.
Players, sponsors and friends of the club attended the bash which was near London Bridge.
Special guests included All Blacks legend Zinzan Brooke, former England captain Lawrence Dalaglio and former England back row Ben Clarke.
The night was a great success and raised money for the club and Fair Havens Hospices.