SOUTHEND United new boy Sam Barratt hopes his screaming strike at Great Wakering Rovers can be a sign of things to come.

Barratt - who joined Blues from Maidenhead United earlier this summer - bagged a brilliant volley in the 5-0 win at Burroughs Park.

And the 22-year-old is keen to build on the bright start.

“It was good to blow away a few cobwebs and I was happy with the goal as well,” said Barratt.

“I had a few chances before scoring, which I probably should have done better with, and my final ball could have been a bit better at times too.

“But when I got my chance I took it well and I’m happy with that.

“It would be nice if I could get one like that once the League games start and of course I want to continue doing well.”

Barratt played the first 45 minutes against Wakering.

And the winger is now adjusting to regular, full-time training for the first time in his career.

“It’s been different but it’s been brilliant getting into full-time football because it’s what I’ve always wanted,” said Barratt.

“All the lads have been very welcoming and so have all the coaching staff so I’ve fitted right in and I’m enjoying it already.

“I was never full-time when I was younger so it’s new to me.

“I’ve had a few trials at clubs in the past but I’ve not been used to it week in week out so I’ve got to get used to it and let my body adapt.

“It’s going to be tough in Spain but hopefully all of this work will show throughout the season ahead.

“That’s what we’re doing all this for.”

Blues continue their pre-season campaign against Aberdeen’s development side in Spain on Wednesday.

But Barratt found it tough going in the warm conditions at the weekend.

“It was absolutely boiling,” said the wide-man.

“It was tough on a solid and bobbly pitch but we worked on a new formation and it was nice to be out there.”

And Barratt is now determined to do all he can to be a success for the Shrimpers this season.

“I want to be as good as possible in pre-season and come out of it without any niggles or knocks,” said Barratt.

“I want to be fresh, fit and in good form going into the season so I can do all I can to help the club and the team be a success this season.

“I’m very grateful for this opportunity I have with Southend and it’s one I want to try and make sure I make the most of.”