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Interview: Brown delighted to secure trio ahead of new season

5 August 2014

Southend United manager Phil Brown was delighted to complete a trio of signings on Monday ahead of the 2014-15 season.

Strikers Shaquile Coulthirst and Isaac Layne joined, while defender Mads Ibenfeldt agreed terms following a successful trial with Blues.

Brown was pleased to have got the trio in to Roots Hall, and believes they will all have a big impact over the course of the campaign.

Speaking about the loan signing of Coulthirst, Brown said: “We sampled his ‘rage’ so to speak when we played against Torquay United towards the end of the season and he was a thorn in our side.

“He makes great dynamic runs and has excellent pace. It’s no surprise that he’s been sought after. All five teams he played against for Torquay showed an interest.

“From speaking to him, we were at the front of the queue because he liked the way we played and I’m delighted he has joined us for the whole season.”

Young forward Layne also impressed Brown for a team Blues were up against, and the boss believes he may have found a gem.

“In pre-season it’s all about getting 90 minutes, but every so often you will find a little gem, and I think we have in Isaac,” he added. 

“My card was marked by an agent before the game and he impressed me and the coaching team. He was training with Charlton in pre-season so looks very fit.

“He brings something a little bit different in terms of his play in attack. I’m looking forward to watching him progress and develop with us.”

The first signing on a busy Monday was defender Ibenfeldt, and Brown says he thought his performances on trial were excellent.

Brown said: “Peter Taylor put a good word about him in to Graham Coughlan so we got him in.

“He’s done nothing but impress with his ability on the ball, his mentality and his experience which will be very important for us this season.

“Mads showed in the friendlies that he can play in a 4-4-2 or a 3-5-2 and that gives us plenty of options throughout the season.”

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