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Brown's delight at Corr's new deal

26 June 2013

Manager admits football is a funny old game after Barry Corr agrees a new two-year contract at Southend United

Phil Brown admits he thought he’d lost Barry Corr, but was delighted when the striker opted to sign a new deal at Roots Hall.

Brown says he did everything he possibly could to keep Barry at the Club but was resigned to losing him on Monday morning, only to receive a phone call on Tuesday evening saying Barry had made the decision to stay at Southend.

Blues’ manager said: “Football is a strange game and it’s never a done deal until the ink is dry. I was 90% sure we’d lose him, his head seemed to have been turned.

“I tried everything, including going to his home and speaking to him. I did everything I could and the reason is simple – last season he made 19 starts and scored 13 goals.

“If we had lost Barry I would have had to replace 40 goals with Britt Assombalonga and Gavin Tomlin moving on.

“It is fantastic news for the supporters of Southend because I think he’s a fans favourite here and rightly so.

“He’s an old fashioned centre forward who has real presence and puts defenders on the back foot.

“I’d say he’s the League 2 Andy Carroll in that he puts himself about but can also play good football.

“I’m absolutely delighted he has signed a new deal.”

An exclusive interview with Barry is available on Blues Player, while Phil Brown also has updates on transfers and Blues' pre-season training.

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