SAM Dalby is keen to kick on after sealing his switch to Southend United.

The 21-year-old striker has signed a two year deal with the Shrimpers.

And the former Leyton Orient forward is determined to impress at Roots Hall.

“I’ve still got a lot to learn but I’m only 21 and I want this to be the place I learn my craft and score a few goals,” said Dalby.

“I’m looking forward to it and I’m looking forward to helping the club achieve their goals as well.

“I’ve starting to meet the team now too and I can’t wait to get started.”

Dalby came through the ranks at Leyton Orient and first caught the eye of Shrimpers boss Phil Brown when scoring twice for the O’s in their 6-0 FA Youth Cup win at Roots Hall back in 2016.

The striker scored once in 19 first team games for Orient before joining Leeds United in 2018.

And Dalby thoroughly enjoyed his spell at Elland Road despite not making a senior appearance, “It was a really good opportunity for me and it was a really good experience for me to work with a coach like Bielsa,” said Dalby.

“I enjoyed it and learnt a lot.”

However, Dalby moved to Watford after just a year with Leeds and spent time on loan with both Stockport and Woking but found himself looking for a new club this summer.

The striker had been on trial with Barnet but, after being watched by boss Brown at the weekend, Dalby jumped at the chance to join Blues.

“I was on trial at Barnet but I got a call from my agent saying Southend were interested,” said Dalby.

“When I weighed up my options I thought this was the best option for me moving forward and I’m pleased to have joined.”

And teaming up with Brown was a big factor in Dalby’s decision.

“He was one of the main reasons why I wanted to join here,” said Dalby.

“He seems a really good coach and he’s insight into football is excellent.”

Dalby will line up for the Shrimpers for the first time in tomorrow’s pre-season friendly at Dartford and is keen to make a good impression.

“I’m a number nine really and I like to link up with my wingers and the number 10,” said Dalby.

“I can drop deep and play number 10 myself but I just want to help the team reach their targets while reaching those I’m setting myself.

“But I’ve played at this level before and it’s tough.”

Dalby is up for the challenge though and he is excited to be teaming up with fellow summer signing Rhys Murphy who will also be lining up in attack for Blues.

“I’m looking forward to working with him and feel like I can learn a lot from him too,” said Dalby.

“He’s got plenty of experience.”

The Shrimpers also remain in talks with a striker who lined up in League One last season.