SOUTHEND United midfielder Isaac Hutchinson is excited to finally end his wait for League football.

The Shrimpers host Harrogate Town at Roots Hall tomorrow, six months since last playing in the League.

And Hutchinson cannot wait to get the season started.

“I cannot wait to get going again,” said the 20-year-old.

“It’s been six months without a League game but it’s felt more like a year if I’m honest so it’s going to be really good to get going again.”

Blues started the season with a narrow 1-0 defeat at Gillingham in the Carabao Cup last weekend.

But Hutchinson was thrilled to be selected in the centre of the park at the Priestfield Stadium.

“There’s competition for places which is good and I was really pleased to be playing,” said Hutchinson.

“Hopefully I did enough to carry on playing too but I’m really enjoying being back and playing football again.

“That’s the most important thing but Saturday was weird without a crowd.

“It was a competitive game but I was just enjoying being back.”

And Hutchinson is also relishing the new regime at Roots Hall which has seen Mark Molesley replace Sol Campbell.

“I’m really enjoying it and it’s a changed a lot from how it was thankfully,” said Hutchinson.

“They’ve come in with loads of energy and new ideas.

“I’ve really enjoyed working with them and it’s been really good.”

The new look management team are now preparing for Saturday’s clash with League newcomers Harrogate.

And Hutchinson is expecting a tricky opening test.

“Harroagte will be a good, well organised team,” said Hutchinson.

“The National League is tough so to come out of that you’ve got to be a good team.

“But we’re focused on our own game and we’re looking to put in another good performance.

“Last season was horrible but everyone is happy to have a fresh start now.

“We have fresh goals to aim for.”