SOUTHEND United manager Mark Molesley is stepping up his bid to strengthen the Shrimpers squad.

Blues start their League Two season against Harrogate Town at Roots Hall this weekend.

And, with Stephen Humphrys close to sealing a switch to Rochdale, Molesley is wasting no time in his search for a new signing.

“We’re moving quickly and we’re actively in talks to strengthen the squad,” said Molesley.

“It has to be the right character we bring in so we’ll carry out our due diligence as their aspirations will have to marry up with ours.”