BRANDON Goodship is determined to prove his worth at Southend United.

The summer signing failed to hold down a regular starting slot at Bournemouth or Yeovil Town.

But, after impressing in the non-league game with Weymouth, Goodship was snapped up by the Shrimpers.

And he is eager to make the most of the opportunity.

“Things didn’t work out one way or another in the past and I didn’t get as much playing time as I would’ve liked,” said Goodship.

“But I’m here to work hard and I’m here to prove to the manager I’m good enough to play in his team so I can get the appearances I need this time. I’m also more experienced now and I’m really hungry to succeed.”

Goodship came through the youth ranks at Bournemouth but failed to make a first team appearance while with the Cherries.

The 24-year-old also spent time on loan at Braintree Town and Yeovil before he joined the Glovers on a permanent basis.

But Goodship made just one start at Huish Park before joining Weymouth, where he scored 77 goals in two seasons. That fine form alerted a number of clubs but the striker jumped at the chance to join Blues after holding talks with boss Kevin Bond.

“There were a few clubs I spoke to but once I spoke to the manager here and with his coaching experience in the game it was a no-brainer to sign for Southend,” said Goodship, who also coached at an academy while with Weymouth.

“I can only see myself benefitting from the move. I have experience before of full-time football with Bournemouth and it’s nice to get back into the habit of doing it.”

And Goodship is already enjoying being at Blues.

He said: “We’ve been blowing the cobwebs away and it’s been great. I’ve met all the boys now and they’re all very welcoming.”