FORMER Manchester United trainee Richard Eckersley could be coming to Southend United on trial.

The 26-year-old full-back has spent the last four seasons playing in the Major Soccer League for both Toronto and New York Red Bulls.

But he now looks set to team up with the Shrimpers.

“Richard has been recommended to us,” confirmed Blues boss Phil Brown.

“There’s a strong chance he will be coming to Spain with us for pre-season training and that will allow us to have a look at him and get to know him.”

Eckersley has also spent time on loan with Plymouth Argyle, Bradford City and Bury.