Southend United manager Phil Brown says the arrival of Cian Bolger at Roots Hall is a big statement of intent.Blues’ boss was delighted to complete the permanent signing of the defender for an undisclosed fee and says it is a big moment for him as manager of the football club.
Bolger, who moved to Bolton from Leicester City for an undisclosed fee in 2013, will provide excellent competition at the heart of Blues’ defence.
Brown said: “I can’t emphasise enough how much this transfer means to me as manager of this football club if I’m honest.
“Cian only became available on the market two weeks ago and that was for loan, so to be able to agree a permanent deal for an undisclosed fee is fantastic news.
“To be able to bring a player of his quality through the door is a real statement of intent – and he’ll provide fantastic competition for places now.
“Luke Prosser and Adam Thompson haven’t put a foot wrong in pre-season. With Mads Ibenfeldt arriving on Monday and Cian on Tuesday, we’ve now got four excellent central defenders.”
Having come in on loan last season, Brown knew what type of player he was getting when making the move for Bolger.
Blues’ boss added: “We know the type of character Cian is, and he’s exactly the sort of player we want at this football club, that’s for sure.
“His arrival gives me a big selection headache ahead of the first game of the season at Accrington Stanley and you want that as a manager.
“He’s still got the scar from the game he played for us on loan last season. The fans there that day will know what sort of defender he is.
“Cian has got the right mentality to go to places in this division and really get stuck in. That’s certainly what we need, but he can also get the ball down and play.”