SOUTHEND United manager Phil Brown is considering handing a debut to Bedsente Gomis after the midfielder impressed during his side’s short spell in Portugal.

Gomis has yet to feature for the Shrimpers since signing for the club last month after a lengthy spell on trial.

But Brown is now considering throwing the 25-year-old into the first team and admitted he could figure against Exeter City this weekend.

“Bedsente Gomis was one who really caught the eye while we were out in Portugal and he is very close indeed to making his debut for us now,” confirmed Brown.

“We actually tried him in a different position against Aalborg in the friendly we had out there and he certainly looked the part out wide.

“He’s really given me something to think about now and, while I’m not saying he will definitely be involved against Exeter, he’s in my thinking for the game and is really knocking on the door.”

Gomis initially came to Southend in September but was unable to sign due to the transfer embargo the club was under.

International clearance then also held up the deal before it was completed in January.

And Brown feels Gomis is now firmly settled is his new surroundings.

“He’s moved into Southend and his family has come down with him so he’s happy to be here and gets on well with everyone too,” said Brown.

“We have five games coming up in the next two weeks and I would think he has a great chance of being involved in them.”

Blues defender Luke Prosser is also expected to be in contention for Saturday’s clash with Exeter City after recovering from the surgery he underwent on a fractured cheekbone.

But right-back Luke O’Neill is still doubtful with a thigh problem for what is the last game of his initial month-long loan spell from Burnley.