Former Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town defender Anthony Gerrard is training with Southend United ahead of a potential move to Roots Hall, HITC Sport understands from sources close to a potential deal.
Central defender Gerrard is looking for a new club after seeing out his contract at Huddersfield earlier this summer.
A number of clubs, including Preston North End, have expressed an interest in signing Gerrard, but now Southend have jumped to the head of the queue for the defender.
Southend boss Phil Brown is thought to be an admirer of Gerrard and sees his experience as a valuable addition to his squad.
If Gerrard impresses in training, he could be offered a deal at Southend, with the 29-year-old keen to get back playing competitive football.
Gerrard spent the final few months of last season on loan at Oldham Athletic, helping the side to keep three clean sheets in his six appearances.
Gerrard came to the fore at Walsall, making over 150 appearances for the club before moving to Cardiff in the summer of 2009.
After three years at the Bluebirds, Gerrard joined Huddersfield in 2012, but after being a regular in the side in his first two seasons at the club, found himself out of favour last term.