MATT Rush is being tipped to kick on this season after scoring a fine hat-trick for Southend United’s under-23 side at Harlow Town.

The teenage forward scored three goals in a 4-0 win for the Shrimpers.

And Blues’ academy manager Ricky Duncan is certain Rush has what it takes to shine again this season.

“It was a really good hat-trick from Matt and he’s a really clever lad who I’m sure will kick on again this season,” said Duncan.

“He scored 25 goals for the youth team last season, just like Charlie Kelman, but he’s a different type of forward to Charlie.

“He’s not a big physical forward but he causes problems with his movement and he’s very clever too.

“He scored three good and different goals against Harlow and will be looking to keep it going because I’m sure he has what it takes to catch the eye of the manager.”

Freddy Eastwood scored Blues’ other goal in the victory and Duncan was pleased with the display.

“It was a good performance and our fitness probably told in the end,” said Duncan.

“We had Tom Clifford, Rob Howard, Michael Klass and Harry Phillips back with us after their involvement in the first team and we played some good stuff.

“We kept the ball well too.”