Blues' boss delighted to get the winger in at Roots Hall...Southend United boss Phil Brown says David Worrall has the ambition to match both his and the club’s, following the 24-year-old’s arrival at Roots Hall on Wednesday.
Worrall played his football in League 1 last season, first with Rotherham and then with Oldham Athletic on loan. But he made the decision to drop down to League 2 with Blues – and immediately targeted promotion.
During conversations, Brown said it was clear just how ambitious Worrall was, and he was delighted to beat off competition from a host of other clubs for his services.
He said: “It’s been a long chase. We’ve been looking at David for about a month now but it took a while because of the process he had to go through at Rotherham United before we could do anything.
“When speaking to David his ambition was clear. It matches that of both myself and this football club, which is a key factor for me when deciding the sort of player I want to bring to Roots Hall.
“Other clubs were interested in him, so naturally I’m delighted that he chose to come and play his football with us at Southend United. I’m sure he’ll have a big say in how we get on this season.
“I’ve been here for a while now and the aim is to always keep improving. Of course Anthony Straker left us this summer and we had to replace him. Myles Weston and David Worrall have come in which I think shows we’re moving forward.”
Blues’ boss felt last year that his side relied too heavily on Kevan Hurst down the right flank for assists to the likes of Barry Corr. But with Hurst, Weston and Worrall now among his armoury, Brown feels the whole team will benefit from their ability on the ball.
He added: “The two signings this summer mean we can now mix things up and really get at teams down both flanks. Last year at times we relied too much on Kevan to provide the likes of Barry Corr.
“But I don’t think for one minute that will be the case this season. Hopefully Barry, Lee Barnard, and Myles when he plays there, will benefit from having David and Kevan in the side.”
Due to the situation at Rotherham, Brown admits Worrall is slightly behind in terms of match fitness, but was extremely impressed by his performance in the 1,500m test he completed on Wednesday.
Brown added: “If David had been alongside the rest of the group, he’d have come second overall. I’m sure if he’d have been in the competitive environment up against everyone else he could have gone even quicker.
“He’s a player who works extremely hard. I know he’s a competitor who gets about the pitch, but he’s also got a lot of quality on the ball which I’m sure will benefit us in terms of goals.”