RICKY Holmes is set for a medical at Southend United this weekend.

The experienced winger has yet to agree a new deal with the Shrimpers.

But Blues boss Phil Brown is hoping the situation can soon be sorted. 

"I was desperate to play Ricky against West Ham and Ricky was desperate to play," said Brown.

"Hopefully he will have a medical over the weekend which will show the people in charge he’s fit enough to play.

"I liked what Ricky showed in the last six games of last season and that kind of character was missing a bit against West Ham.

"We can’t have that missing come August 21st and the National League will expose any kind of weakness.

"I don’t think it’s a case of finances or anything like that and I think Ricky ticks all the right boxes."

Holmes, 34, joined Blues in February and made 14 appearances for his hometown club last season.