FREDDY Eastwood is keen to create his own legacy at Southend United.

The 16-year-old is the son of the Shrimpers legend who shares the same name.

But Eastwood junior - who is now a youth team scholar with Blues - is determined to show what he can do.

“I’m really excited to be back and I want to make a name for myself rather than people talking about my dad,” said Eastwood.

“I play number 10 but I don’t mind playing on the wing so that’s different to my dad, but I want to show what I can do.

“This is what I do best and I want to play as much as possible again.”

Eastwood began pre-season with Blues’ under 18 side on Monday and cannot wait for the forthcoming campaign to get underway.


Flashback - Freddy Eastwood with his dad back in 2011

“I’m buzzing for this season,” said the youngster, who joined the Shrimpers as an under 11 player.

“I enjoy being here and this season my aim is to push on and try to make the under 23s.

“Hopefully I’ll make the first team one day too and my aim is to get there as quickly as I can.”

Eastwood senior is still regarded as one of Blues’ best ever players.

The striker spent two spells at Roots Hall, the first of which was incredibly prolific.

In total, Eastwood scored 77 goals in 209 appearances.