SOUTHEND United manager Chris Powell has spoken of his joy after signing Stephen Humphrys from Fulham.

The 21-year-old striker has signed a two and a half year deal with the Shrimpers.

And Powell cannot wait to see his latest recruit in action for Blues.

“I’ve brought him in to make his mark and get him up and running,” said the Southend boss.

“He’s got good mobility and link up play.

“He can shoot off either foot and he’s a number nine but he can also play off another striker.

“He’s played off the left and the right but I see him playing down the middle in a pair.

“Physically he’s strong but he’s still only 21 so there’s a lot to learn.

“He has a lot of energy, has a good attitude and he wants to score goals.”

Humphrys spent the first half of the season on loan at Scunthorpe United, scoring five goals in 13 starts.

But Powell believes the forward will benefit from being with Blues on a permanent basis “Sometimes when you’re on loan at a club it’s quite easy to say well you’re going back to your own club now,” said Powell.

“But he’s here now, he’s to score goals and make us stronger and he recognises that.

“He’s been at a good club in Fulham and we’re very grateful they’ve let us have him on a free.

“But it’s now up to him to get his career going.

“I did it coming here many years ago and you realise it’s the start of your career.”

But Powell is certain Humphrys’ presence will boost Blues.

“I think he will add to us,” said Powell.

“He’s a bit of a maverick at times but I don’t mind that.

“He can score special goals and I’ve seen him score a few for Fulham under 23s.

“But it’s also about getting ones in the six yard box that just drop to you.

“He’s a good finisher from what I’ve seen and I’m hopeful he can show that to everyone here.”