AN excited Sam Barratt was lost for words after sealing a switch to Southend United.

The promising winger has joined Blues on a one year deal with the option of a further 12 months from National League side Maidenhead United.

And the 22-year-old jumped at the chance to come to Roots Hall.

“I can’t really explain in words just how excited I am about this opportunity and how hungry I am to make it work,” said Barratt.

“It’s my first professional club and it’s what I’ve always wanted.

“I can’t wait for pre-season to come around and to start working towards next season because this is the chance I’ve been waiting for.”

Barratt began his career with Bracknell Town before making the move to Maidenhead who he helped win promotion into the National League.

The winger bagged five goals at that level last season and is now keen to transfer those skills into League One.

“Training full-time and working with full-time coaches is going to be great for my game,” said Barratt, who is currently based in Reading.

“At Maidenhead we trained Tuesday and Thursday nights so I think it will make a big difference.

“This is a dream come true for me really and I want to make sure it’s a success both individually and more importantly as a team.

“I know the club obviously want to be as high up the table as possible and I’ll be working hard to try and help make that happen.”

Barratt will battle with Michael Kightly and Stephen McLaughlin for a position out wide.

And he will be eager to show the talent which earned him a trial with Premier League side Crystal Palace in May 2017.

“I had two or three weeks at Palace and it was a good experience for me,” said Barratt.

“Nothing materialised for me there but now this move has happened I think everything has worked out for the best now.”

And Barratt already has good vibes from Blues’ coaching team.

“I enjoyed talking to the manager and the coaches I’ve met too,” said Barratt.

“I’m looking forward to working with them.”