Kevan Hurst on his 100th appearance for Southend United
A player’s 100th appearance for a club is always a special occasion, but for Kevan Hurst, he’s already targeting his 105th appearance for Southend United – hoping that comes in the Play-off final at Wembley on Monday 26th May.
Hurst was part of the Southend United side that were beaten 2-0 against Crewe Alexandra in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final at Wembley last season, and after experiencing disappointment that time around, the 28-year-old is desperate for success at the second attempt.
His 100th appearance will come today, so long as he was involved against Rochdale on Friday, meaning should Blues reach the final on May 26th, it’ll be his 105th appearance in just two seasons at Roots Hall.
That is exactly what the midfielder, who signed a new two-year deal with the club earlier this season, is aiming for. He said: “It’s nice to make 100 appearances for a club. I got close with Chesterfield, despite it being loan spells, and with Scunthorpe United, but injuries prevented me kicking on there.
“I’ve loved every minute at Southend and have spoken a few times this season about how settled I am, and how much I’m enjoying myself both on and off the pitch. Having my family settled in the area is such a positive, and it’s paying off for me on the pitch.
“Last season’s trip to Wembley was amazing in that we took over 32,000 Southend United fans, but of course the result was disappointing. I’d love to get back there again this season, it has been the target for everyone at the club since the start of the campaign.
“We’ve got two big games to come in the league to make sure we’re in a position to fight for the game at Wembley. A number of the lads experienced Wembley for the first time last season and maybe we were a bit mesmerised by the occasion.
“I’m sure if we got back there this season, that experience would put us in a good position to really go for it, and hopefully send the fans home happy knowing we’ll be playing League 1 football next season.”
Hurst made 56 appearances in his first year with the club, missing just three games, and this time around, despite an injury at the start of the campaign, had made 42 appearances before Friday’s trip to Spotland.
The midfielder has been delighted to stay so injury free during his time with the club, and paid tribute to the work of the physiotherapy and fitness departments at the club.
“Racking up 100 appearances in just two seasons is good for any player, and I’ve thankfully not had too many injuries since I came to Roots Hall,” he added. “Last season was pretty much injury free, but I picked up a knock at the start of this season in a training game.
“Thankfully it didn’t keep me out for too long and I was able to get back into the team. That is testament to the fitness team here at the club, the likes of Ben Clarkson, Luke Hart and Mark Williams, who have been absolutely fantastic.
“But it is also down to the gaffer and the coaching team because since they’ve joined there has been a heavy focus on muscle prevention and making sure we’re in the best shape possible for games.”