TERRELL Egbri is determined to show good things come in small packages at Southend United.

The 18-year-old winger - who stands at five foot two inches tall - made his first Shrimpers start in Tuesday night’s 4-0 defeat at Peterborough United.

And Egbri remains determined to make it big with Blues.

“I am so determined to prove everyone wrong who has doubted me,” said Egbri.

“My parents have encouraged me through the times where I thought I wasn’t going to make it because of my height.

“But they have belief in me and that made me want to keep on going and to never give up.”

Egbri - who is in contention for tomorrow’s tough-looking clash with Coventry City at Roots Hall - was knocked back by Premier League clubs after time on trial due to his small stature.

And he was delighted to get the nod to play against the Posh.

“It was very pleasing for me to start my first game,” said Egbri.

“The staff were giving me advice and comforting me then as the game was going on the senior players were being so supportive, helpful and encouraging which boosted my confidence too.”

But Egbri remains hungry for more first team football.

“I just need to stay focused, work hard, have the right attitude, do more on and off the pitch, have patience, never give up and keep on smiling and the rest will take care of itself,” said Egbri.

“You must be focused and concentrate at all times from start to finish and I will be.”

And Egbri has also been boosted by working with Blues’ under 23 coach Craig Fagan.

“The training sessions and matches have really helped me out as Craig would tell me specific details and go though my individual clips,” said Egbri.

“He tells me things that would happen in a first team game that I should do so that it is permanently in my head now.”