RHYS Murphy is aiming high after sealing his switch to Southend United.

The striker has signed a two year deal with the Shrimpers after leaving Yeovil Town.

And Murphy is keen to help Blues get back on track after suffering back to back relegations.

“I know it’s been a tricky couple of years, but it wasn’t long ago this club was challenging for Championship football and there’s no reason why it can’t get back to those days,” said Murphy.

"Obviously we’re not there right now but I’m really excited to a part of the journey and hopefully being part of getting the club back to where they were."

Murphy scored 13 goals for Yeovil in the National League having hit the back of the net 20 times in 33 appearances the year before.

But the 30-year-old is aiming for far more with Blues.

"Hopefully my numbers can be better here,” said Murphy.

“Both seasons there were a couple of spells with injury and what not, and this last year has been tricky with Covid.

“It will be nice to get a good pre-season into me.

"I’ve heard the manager likes to work us hard in pre-season so I’m looking forward to that and getting as fit as possible.

“I want to be bettering my numbers from the previous two seasons but I’ll keep my personal ambitions to myself, they’re for me.

“First and foremost I’m signing for this football club to get promoted and I hope I can play as big a part in that as possible.

“The main job of a striker is scoring goals that’s what I’ll be looking to do."

Murphy’s Blues contract includes the option of a third year and he is pleased to have sorted the move early in the summer.

“It’s nice to get the move sorted nice and early so there’s no stress over the summer and I’m already looking forward to getting in, meeting everyone for pre-season and getting started,” said Murphy.

"There’s been a few noises about the move and it’s been kept quiet until now so it’s nice to finally have it announced and start meeting the fans so to speak.”