JAMES Dunne is keen to stay at Southend United but remains unsure what the future will hold.

Dunne enjoyed an eventful end to the National League season, scoring Blues’ equaliser having earlier been at fault for Torquay’s goal in the 1-1 draw.

But Dunne believes Blues will continue to make progress and is keen to play his part.

“Of course you want to stay because I believe in what they’re bringing to the club and what they want to do,” said Dunne.

“All I can see is that it’s looking like a promotion team and as a player you want to be a part of that.

“But whether I am we will find out soon.

“I’m not sure at the moment what will happen.

“We will have meetings and we will find out then but I’ve enjoyed myself here.”

Dunne made 26 appearances for the Shrimpers this season and finished with a mixed afternoon.

But the 32-year-old midfielder was impressed with how Blues battled back to pick up a point despite Jason Demetriou being sent off just before the hour mark.

“My mistake led to their first goal,” said the midfielder.

“In the first half I thought we were a bit sloppy on the ball , including me.

“But in the second half we built our way into the game and I think it shows where we are now compared to the start of the season that we’ve been able to come back into the game with 10 men.

“I actually thought we were better than them when we went down to 10 men.

“But it was good to score seeing as I basically put them 1-0 up so it was a good way to end the season.”

Dunne netted with an accurate left footed shot into the bottom left hand corner of the net from just outside the penalty area.

And the goal came following plenty of hard work on the training ground.

“We work a lot on the throw ins and trying to move the opposition players,” said Dunne.

“We seem to have worked it well for the goal.

“It went into Bridgey (Jack Bridge) and Leon (Davies), then into me.

“It went through a couple of legs as well which is good because it meant the keeper couldn’t see it.”

The point saw the Shrimpers end the season sitting in 13th place and Dunne remains delighted by the progress made in the second half of the season.

“If you look back to the Chesterfield game here losing 4-0 you wouldn’t have thought we would end up going 13 or 14 games unbeaten later in the season like we did.

“The gaffer has come in and changed everything though.

“It’s not just them, it’s the people upstairs as well and it’s been an enjoyable end to the season.

“Hopefully next season we can start better and carry on the way we’ve finished this season.”