JERMAINE McGlashan has no hard feelings against Southend United - despite believing he should have been given more opportunities to impress.

McGlashan - who has spent the last two seasons with the Shrimpers - has been released by manager Chris Powell.

But the decision did not come as a surprise to the 30-year-old winger.

“I came on for a half at Bury and when I didn’t start the next game after that I knew the writing was on the wall,” said McGlashan.

“It’s sad but it’s football and it was at that point that I started thinking about life after Southend United.

“But there are no hard feelings towards the club from me because there are a lot of good people there.”

McGlashan made 69 appearances for the Shrimpers in total but played just 63 minutes following Powell’s arrival at the end of January.

And the winger felt he should have been given more opportunities.

“I didn’t really get many chances but obviously I’m going to think that,” said McGlashan.

“I didn’t play much under Chris (Powell) but I knew pretty early on he had his own ideas and that’s fine.

“There were games I thought I could’ve come on and made a difference but I didn’t play as much as I would’ve liked when Phil Brown was in charge either.

“It’s frustrating but I still enjoyed my time at the club and met a lot of good people.

“The coaches were always good to me and they were good to me as a senior professional.”

And McGlashan was also keen to thank the fans.

“The Southend supporters were always really good to me and I would like to thank them,” said McGlashan.

“I wish everyone at the club all the very best for the future and I hope they’re successful.”

But McGlashan is now focusing on securing his next move.

“I’ve had a few calls already, which is nice,” said the former Gillingham man.

“It’s a big move for me at my age and I’ve got a little family too, so it’s an important time.”