HARRY Lennon is back in contention for a first team place at Southend United.

The defender has not featured for the Shrimpers since a controversial social media recording in the aftermath of a shock FA Cup defeat to National League side Dover Athletic.

But, after a month training with the under 23 team, Blues boss Sol Campbell is now considering bringing Lennon back into the squad.

"Harry has been training with us and that’s a plus," said Campbell.

"He’s in contention for sure and we’ll see how it all goes."

Lennon was recorded wearing his club tracksuit in a Hornchuch pub alongside jubilant Dover winger Jack Munns who was celebrating the Kent club's success against the Shrimpers.

However, Campbell has now decided to give Lennon another chance.

"It’s all step by step," said the former England international.

"It’s about how you carry yourself and how you train.

"You take football seriously and understand what you’re here for, all those kinds of things.

"It will feed into your game and people will see that.

"How you train and carry yourself day in day out and how you affect things."

And Campbell feels a professional approach will be rewarded on the pitch.

"If you do all the right things they follow you onto the pitch, it’s not rocket science," said Campbell.

"If you’re sloppy off the pitch you may get away with it sometimes but most of the time, in the last 10 minutes, you’ll get found out.

"The main thing is to do it properly and working hard follows you onto the pitch.

"You will have a better day if you’ve done it properly throughout the week.

"That’s what it’s all about and that’s what he’s got to build."

Blues are currently short of defenders with Nathan Ralph (dislocated shoulder), Joe Shaughnessy (knee), Harry Kyprianou (Achilles) and John White (broken arm) all unavailable along with Liam Ridgewell who seems to have played his last game for the club.

Rob Kiernan and Timothee Dieng - who is more used to playing in midfield - are the only senior options currently available for Campbell at centre-back.

Youngster Richard Taylor has started three of the last four games and is currently filling in at the left-back for the injured Ralph.

But Lennon could now be called upon for Saturday's game with Rotherham at Roots Hall.