SOUTHEND United striker Norman Wabo has joined Ebbsfleet United on loan until the end of the season.

The striker has netted 19 goals for Blues’ under-23 side this term and has made three substitute appearances for the first team.

But the 19-year-old will now be turning his attentions towards helping National League side Ebbsfleet end their own campaign on a high.

“I want to help Ebbsfleet get into the play-offs,” said Wabo.

“As soon as I found out from Kevin Maher (under 23 team manager) that Ebbsfleet were interested in taking me on loan I said yes straight away.

“I knew they were having a good season and I’ve since found out that a striker of theirs has got injured.

“But I’m excited about this opportunity and it’s where I want to make sure I make the most of.”

Wabo - who has been with Blues since the age of 15 - came through the youth ranks at Roots Hall.

And he remains determined to secure a long term future with the Shrimpers.

“Being really honest I would have preferred to be playing for Southend first team but this is another way of me trying to get in it long term,” said Wabo.

“I’ve been really pleased with the season so far and how many goals I’ve been able to score along with making my debut for Southend.

“I see this as another opportunity now and it’s one I’m excited about.

“I’ll be doing all I can to show what I can do at Ebbsfleet and I want to get as many goals as I can for them to make sure they end their season on a high.

“I know it’s going to be a good level to play at and I think experiencing first team football there will do me a world of good.”

Ebbsfleet have won their four games to move within two points of the play-offs.

And Wabo - who could make his debut against Leyton Orient this weekend - will be lining up alongside some familiar faces.

“I obviously know Myles Weston from when he was at Southend and it will be good to see him again,” said Wabo.

“I know a couple of the other lads too so it’s going to be good.”

Wabo is now the second first team player to be sent out on loan with Stephen Hendrie ending the season with Motherwell.