SOUTHEND United striker Matt Rush wants to bring up his own half century in the best possible way.

The 18-year-old has scored 49 goals since the start of last season.

And Rush would love to reach 50 by opening his account for the first team at Burton Albion.

“If my 50th goal in the last two seasons would be my first for the first team it would top them all and would mean the world to me,” said Rush, who came through the youth ranks at Roots Hall.

“It’s something I really want to do. I want to get my first goal for the first team and then push on and get more and more.”

Rush has scored 21 goals already this season.

And the youngster has been delighted by his free-scoring form.

“I’ve been very pleased with the start to my season,” said Rush.

“My aim was to be in and around the first team come the end of the season and I’ve been with them for a while now so I want to continue that for as long as possible.

“My aim now is to try and get on the pitch as much as possible and show my worth and how I can help the team.

"I also have kept scoring like I did last year so my aim is to keep that going as long as possible.”

But Rush's confidence remains sky high. 

"My confidence is definitely high following my recent form for the under 23s," said Rush.

"Every game I start I feel like I will score and I will make an impact in the game.

"Soon hopefully I will be able to play consistently for the first team and bring my confidence into their games."