JAMIE Sendles-White looks set to line up for Maidenhead United at Roots Hall on Tuesday night.

But if things had worked out differently he could well have been lining up for the Shrimpers.

The defender was training with Blues earlier this season.

And Sendles-White believes a deal would have been agreed had Phil Brown not been dismissed.

“It got very close to being sorted and it was probably only a day or two away from happening,” said Sendles-White.

“I only trained one day to see if I was fit and ready to be playing straight away but I’m very confident that if Phil Brown had stayed I would have signed for Southend.”

Sendles-White – who has previously played for Aldershot and Leyton Orient – was eventually forced to look elsewhere following Brown’s departure from Roots Hall.

And the 27-year-old centre-back is pleased to have moved to Maidenhead.

“I’ve only played one game so far at Maidenhead but it felt good to be back out there playing again after some bad luck with deals falling through at the last minute and things like that,” said Sendles-White.

“It’s felt like a long time so it’s good to be back training and playing again.”

And Sendles-White is therefore relishing Tuesday night’s crunch clash with the Shrimpers.

“I’m really looking forward to the game,” said Sendles-White.

“It will be my first Tuesday night game this season and it’s a great place to play it.

“I’m sure the atmosphere will be great at Roots Hall and it will be a tough test for us.

“I know it’s been a hard few months for Southend but I’m sure they will be desperate to turn it around and they have some good players that are capable of that so we need to be wary of that.”