Bilel Mohsni has explained the reasons behind his desire to leave Southend as he looks set for a trial with Premier League club West Ham.
Shrimpers boss Paul Sturrock revealed on Tuesday that the 24-year-old wanted a move away from the League Two outfit and Mohsni has underlined his determination to secure a transfer.
"I think that after two years with Southend it is time for me to move on because I want to play at another level," he told the Echo.
"I'm nearly 25 now so I'm not young anymore and I want to try and play as high up as I can. I could only have another three or four years in the game and I want to do the best that I can during the time.
"If I was 18 then I would definitely stay at Southend and play more matches to get experience. However, I want to move on and I now have a chance to earn a transfer to the biggest league with West Ham, which hopefully I can make the most of."
The defender-come-forward has had an eventful time at Roots Hall, impressing with his performances while causing controversy with his conduct at times. He failed to report for pre-season training in July and it appears as though he has made his last appearance for Southend.