ELVIS Bwomono believes Southend United will be ‘fit and firing’ for the start of the League One season.

The Shrimpers, who narrowly avoided relegation last term, have triumphed in just one of their four pre-season games so far.

But Bwomono is still certain Blues will enjoy an improved campaign this time around.

“Pre-season has been tough and we’ve been working on lots of things but by the time the season starts for real we will all be on the same page,” said Bwomono.

“We’ve been sorting things out and we’ve been working on fitness and tactics.

“But I think we will have a much better season this year and by the time the first game comes around we will be fit and firing.

“I certainly wouldn’t read too much into pre-season.”

Blues will continue their preparations at National League side Dagenham & Redbridge tomorrow.

And Bwomono is keen to help the Shrimpers shut out their hosts.

“We haven’t had a clean sheet yet so it would be nice to get one,” said the right-back.

“Of course football is a results business so it would be nice to get the win as well but it’s all about making sure we’re in the best shape possible for the season ahead.

“I’ve played a few games against Dagenham in the youth team and for the under-23s and they’re always difficult opponents so it will be another good test for us.

“I’m looking forward to it and it’s another step closer to us starting the season.”

The Shrimpers go into the game on the back of a five-day training camp in the south-west.

And Bwomono feels the trip was a great benefit for the team.

“It was tough and we had double sessions every day but it’s what we needed,” said the 20-year-old.

“It was good to get away from the training ground and to have different surroundings.

“It did us good and although pre-season always comes around fast it always goes fast too so we aren’t that far away from the League season starting now.”

Blues start the new League One season on the road against Coventry City.

And Bwomono - who made 36 appearances last term - is hoping he can feature regularly again this term.

“I made it to 50 games for the club last season which, in my second season, was pleasing,” said the defender.

“Hopefully I can play even more games this season.”