Southend winger Jemal Johnson believes he is ready to go at Roots Hall after sorting himself out on and off the pitch.
Johnson has been out of favour so far this season, making only four league appearances, but he is now pushing for a return to the first team.
"I had a chat with the gaffer a couple of weeks ago and I really understand what he wants from me now," Johnson told Echo News.
"I also had a lot going on off the pitch and had some family problems but that's been sorted out too.
"That has made a big difference to me and I've got my head together again.
"I've shown that by playing well in the last two reserve games and hopefully I can be in the squad again when we play Torquay on Saturday."