A YOUNG goalkeeper from Laindon hopes to follow in his Southend United hero’s footsteps after signing a scholarship deal with Millwall.

Harry Girling has agreed a deal to join the Championship side, after he was released by FA Cup winners Arsenal – having spent three years at the club.

His rise to prominence has drawn comparisons with another young breakthrough goalkeeper – Southend United number one Daniel Bentley.

Girling, like Bentley, is a former Bromfords School pupil and he recently won the schools Victor Ludorum Cup, for best sportsman, which Bentley lifted in 2009.

Southend fan Girling says comparisons with Bentley, who made 53 appearances for Blues last season, give him great pride.

“What he did when he was younger and what I am doing now almost makes me feel like it is meant to be,” said the 16-year-old.

“The more I play the more I see myself as a similar goalkeeper