DRU Yearwood insists he will never forget the part Southend United played in his blossoming career.

The 19-year-old has now completed a switch to Championship club Brentford.

But the midfielder, who joined Blues at the age of 11, is leaving Roots Hall with only good memories of the club.

“I will never have a bad word to say about the club because it’s been brilliant for me,” said Yearwood.

“It’s where I went from being a boy to man and where I got to play first team football.

“I have so many people to thank and too many to mention really but I hope they know who they all are.

“So many past and present coaches have helped me and so have so many past and present players too.

"I'll always be thankful for that."

Yearwood made 61 appearances for the Shrimpers’ first team.

But it was what ultimately proved to be his final appearance for the club which the youngster feels was his most memorable.

“I had a number of high points from my time at Southend but I think the main one would be staying up on the last game,” said Yearwood.

“We got the win we needed and all the celebrations at the end were great.”

Yearwood had been preparing to help the Shrimpers build on securing their League One survival.

And he only found out about Brentford’s interest on the eve of the weekend.

“I was getting ready for the game against Coventry when I was suddenly told what was happening and that I wouldn’t be playing,” said Yearwood.

“It all happened really quickly but I’m happy to be here and it’s the next step up for me now.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge of playing in the Championship.”

But, despite his excitement at the move, Yearwood said he was also sad to be leaving the Shrimpers.

“I’m a bit sad to be going but this what happens in football,” said Yearwood.

“I have to be able to adapt now.”