SOUTHEND United’s under 21 side face their final fixture of the season this afternoon as they face Norwich City in a friendly.

The Shrimpers youngsters had been set for a week of testing before being approached by the Canaries for a game.

And Blues’ under 21 coach Kevin Maher jumped at the chance to take on Norwich.

“We were approached by Norwich for a game and decided it would be a good thing to do,” said Maher.

“The boys have still been in training and they’ve been going through various tests before the summer break.

“But Norwich are a category one club so I’m sure whatever team they put out is going to be strong so it will be a good game for the boys and it’s one we’re looking forward to.

“It’s the last one of the season and it would be nice to sign off with a good performance and a good result.”

Blues will be fielding a complete under 21 team for the clash with no senior players taking part.

But, whatever the outcome, Maher has been happy with his first full season in charge.

“It’s been good and I think we’ve made progress,” said the former Shrimpers midfielder.

“Six of the seven were given professional deals and we’ve had Harry Kyprianou pushing on to play four or five times for the first team.

“Dan Matsuzaka also made his debut and has been given a new deal along with Nico Cotton so there are plenty of positives.

“Things are coming together but we’re still looking to bed in a few other ideas.”

Youth team skipper Elvis Bwomono is again expected to figure for the under 21s along with striker Norman Wabo following his loan spell at Cambridge City.