SOUTHEND United new boy Simeon Akinola is not yet ready to be involved with the first team, according to Blues boss Mark Molesley.

Akinola signed a two year deal for the Shrimpers last week.

But Molesley will not rush the striker into action. 

"He hasn’t had a pre-season," said Molesley.

"He’s kept himself fit by himself but the way the game is played now you have to make sure you have a solid bank of work behind you.

"We can’t risk rushing people and them being out for a long period."