JAKE Hyde is in contention to make his Southend United debut against Boreham Wood this weekend.

Hyde joined the Shrimpers on a season long loan from Wrexham earlier this week.

And Blues boss Kevin Maher will be able to call upon the forward for the first time on Saturday.

“He’s in good shape,” said Maher.

“He hasn’t played loads and loads of minutes but he’s in a good place.

“Someone with his experience knows the game and knows where to be on the pitch.

“He’s in contention for Saturday.”

Midfielders Harry Taylor, Cav Miley, Wes Fonguck and Dan Mooney are also pushing to make their competitive debuts for the club on Saturday along with striker Chris Wreh.

However, defenders Louis Lomas and Gus Scott-Morriss - who have also joined since the end of last season - are not ready to be fully involved at this stage.

"Louis Lomas has been back on grass which is good to see but Gus is still a little bit away," said Maher.

"We’ve got a good squad to chose from who are fit and raring to go."

Blues will be without the suspended Jason Demetriou while strikers Harry Cardwell (ankle) and Rhys Murphy (knee) are both still sidelined for Saturday's opener.


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