FIT-AGAIN Southend United Cav Miley is setting his sights high for the remainder of the season.

Miley has now recovered from the thigh problem which kept him sidelined for three months.

And the 28-year-old is eager to make up for lost time by helping Kevin Maher’s side work their way into the play-offs.

“We’ve got so much more to give,” said Miley.

“We want to be up there, we want to be competing and get the club out of the league.

“That’s the aim.”

Miley is now ready to play his part in that happening and was delighted to return to action as a substitute during the second half of Saturday’s 3-0 win against Halifax Town.

“It was really nice to get some minutes,” said Miley.

“It’s been a while and I think it was just over three months since I played.

“It’s nice to be involved and to get the win was even better.”

The midfielder had previously not featured since being injured against Woking in early October.

And he was initially not expected to be sidelined for so long.

“When I first did it I didn’t realise how serious it was,” said Miley.

“The scan results showed it though and it wasn’t nice when I heard that but I’m just glad to be back now.

“Hopefully I can start to build the minutes up from here.”

Miley will hope to be involved when the Shrimpers head to Eastleigh, his former side, this weekend.

And he is welcoming the added competition for places following the arrivals of defender Adam Crowther and midfielder James Morton.

“It’s a New Year and things are changing round the club with some new faces which is brilliant,” said Miley.

“We got hit with a downer of the 10 points earlier on in the season but we take it week by week.

“We know if we’re winning games and doing well we can be up there.

“But we’ll just think about Eastleigh at the moment and work on that.

“We want to creep up the table and the aim is still the play-offs.”

The Shrimpers are currently 15th in the National League table, 10 points behind the top seven.

And Miley is encouraged by how Blues have got their season back on track despite the off-field issues.

“Eastleigh at home was the first game after the points deduction,” said Miley.

“We were on minus four, we were rock bottom and you could’ve looked way too much into it.

“We had to focus on winning games and getting out of it which we have done and that’s an achievement in itself.”

Miley is keen for the good run to continue and is certain Eastleigh will be fully focused on Saturday’s game, despite their FA Cup run.

The Spitfires will host Manchester United in the fourth round if they beat Newport County in Tuesday night’s replay.

But Miley is certain Eastleigh will only be thinking about Blues.

“Their aim will be the same as us, they will want the play-offs,” said Miley.

“Obviously they’ve got an opportunity in the FA Cup to do something great but we’re not silly.

“We know they will want to win the game on Saturday.

“They’re at home and they will want three points.

“A win will only help them going into Tuesday too.”