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Brown searching for creativity

3 May 2013

Blues boss looking at key midfield role next season

Phil Brown says he will be looking to bring in more creativity this summer having released three central midfielders.

Alex Woodyard, Mickey Spillane and John Spicer all left and Brown has earmarked the central midfield spot as a position that needs looking at this summer.

Brown also wants to use successful models from this season, such as Gillingham and Port Vale, as a base to work from as Blues look to get promoted next season.

He said: “Creativity is going to be key next season. I think a number of fans would have been very disappointed with the way we played in the final two games of the season.

“That’s not the football I want to be playing next season. The York game springs to mind, we didn’t the game to them in the same way we did against Bristol Rovers or Aldershot to an extent.

“We have got to look at successful models from this season such as Port Vale, Gillingham and Bradford (who had a fantastic cup run).

“In my opinion you can play your way out of this division but you also have to have a physical presence about you.

“That is why the midfield berth is so important because you have to have strong characters who are the backbone of the team but who also have the ability to play.

“You only have to look at the players on the PFA list who don’t have a club and you realise there are some very good players available.

“Southend United is a good attraction for young, and experienced, players who can see the ambition we have at this club. Hopefully we can get them types of players in over the summer.”

You can watch Phil Brown discussing Blues' creativity and style of play next season by clicking here.

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