On trial goalkeeper Mark Brown didn’t even have time to learn his teammates names such was his last minute arrival in Essex.Brown, 31, flew in from Scotland on Saturday morning to put in an assured performance in Southend’s 2-0 pre-season friendly win against Braintree Town.
The ex-Hibs keeper made a series of good saves to keep the Blue Square Premier side at bay and hopes it was enough to earn a contract with the League Two side.
“I trained on Friday morning with a friend of mine who manages a Scottish First Division team,” Brown said after the match to Blues Player.
“When I turned my phone on after that there was a message from my agent asking if I wanted to come down for a trial with Southend.
“It wasn’t confirmed until 5pm that evening so it was a bit of a rush confirming flights but I flew in to Stansted Saturday morning and came straight to the game.
“Playing the game when you don’t know anyone isn’t the hard part it is the communication side of the game when you want to give someone a shout and you don’t know their name.
“I kept a cleansheet though so you can’t do any better than that and I will now have to speak with the manager and see where we go from here.”
The former Rangers, Celtic and Motherwell stopper has spent the last two seasons with Scottish Premier side Hibernian.
He has made 40 appearances during that time, including last seasons Scottish Cup Final defeat to Hearts, but following Rangers expulsion from the SPL his future at the Edinburgh club has remained unclear.
“Scottish football is a bit of a mess at the moment with the Rangers situation,” he said.
“Teams don’t know what their final budgets are because the television deal is a bit up in the air.
“Hibs have said they want to keep me but they can’t make me an offer at the moment so I have got to look after myself.
“I have had the chance to come down South before but it has never worked out but hopefully this time it might.”
Brown dealt comfortably with Braintree’s onslaught making a number of key saves to keep a cleansheet at Cressing Road.
Braintree’s attacking threat enabled Brown to showcase his ability to the watching Paul Sturrock who must now make a decision on the keeper.
“That was my first game in pre-season although I have done a bit of training back in Scotland,” added the 6ft custodian.
“I’ve not played since the end of last season in May so it was nice to get back out there and blow off the cobwebs.
“Sometimes with trial games they can be difficult to play in because as a goalkeeper you have to rely on what the opposition do.
“But I thought it was a competitive game, not just for me but the whole team and we will have to wait and see what happens.”
Brown's full interview with Blues Player can be seen by clicking here.