Southend striker Gary Hooper is hoping he can celebrate two promotions this season having returned from Hereford yesterday.

The former Grays Athletic youngster returned on Tuesday from a three month spell with the League Two side.

During his time Hooper scored 12 goals in 19 appearances helping the Bulls to a third placed promotion.

And having returned to Roots Hall this week the Loughton based goalscorer hopes that he can fire the Blues to play-off glory.

"Things went really well at Hereford," said Hooper. I scored 12 goals in 19 games and the spell away really helped me develop as a player.

"I played every game during my three months, most of them were for the full 90 minutes and it was great to get promoted, hopefully I can make it two promotions with Southend."

Gary returned to Boots and Laces on Tuesday to link up with his Southend team-mates.


And Hooper revealed he still sees his long term future at the Club after signing a new 18 month contract in January.

"I signed a new contract here before I went out on loan and I see my long term future at Roots Hall, hopefully that is in the Championship," he said.

"It was good to see all of the boys again today, they have been doing really well without me but I hope that I can now play my part in the play-offs.

"I've been looking out for results and it was a shame that we didn't win at Tranmere because then the automatics would still have been a possibility.

"The gaffer phoned me a lot whilst I was with Hereford and it was nice that he kept in touch.

"Him and Brushy came and saw me play a couple of times and Dean Austin was at Brentford last Saturday so I was happy that they were interested."