FORMER Southend United favourite Bilel Mohsni has confirmed his representatives held talks about a possible return to Roots Hall.

As revealed by Echosport last week, the Frenchman is set to join National League side Barnet on a short-term deal following his release from Grimsby Town.

But Mohsni remains on the radar on the Shrimpers and the 33-year-old is not sure where he will be come January.

“My agent spoke with Southend but because of what Ian Holloway (Grimsby manager) said in the newspaper Ron (Martin) didn’t think I was fit,” said Martin.

“My agent told him about Barnet and getting my match fitness there.

“I had some great moments with Southend and the fans at the start of my career but at the moment I’m focused on Barnet and helping them.

“I want to get clean sheets and win games with them.

“I’m there while their defender is out with injury and then we’ll see what happens after that.”

Mohsni made 80 appearances for the Shrimpers between 2010 and 2013.

But he remains disappointed not to have been able to prove his worth to Grimsby Town.

“It was a big frustration because I didn’t have the chance to play in my position,” said the versatile defender.

“I couldn’t show my fitness or quality and I don’t think the level of League Two has changed much from when I was younger so it was disappointing.”

Mohsni made just one substitute for the Mariners but having the club outside the transfer window he cannot sign for another EFL club until January.