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Brown: It's great to be back

1 July 2014

Blues boss says it is great to be back for pre-season training...

Southend United manager Phil Brown was delighted to welcome his troops back to the training ground for the first day of pre-season training on Tuesday.

Blues’ players reported back to Boots & Laces on Tuesday morning for a day of testing and some afternoon running as they began their pre-season work.

Brown was pleased to see his players in good shape, and says he is hoping for a very similar pre-season to the one Blues enjoyed last year.

He said: “It’s great to be back. There’s a sense of excitement and anxiousness in the players about what is to come over the next few weeks in terms of training.

“But we enjoyed a very good pre-season last time around and I’m hoping for much more of the same this year because it put us in great shape for the season.

“The only thing we’re doing slightly differently is the trip to Spain, in that we’re going out early and not playing a game. But it’s around ten degrees hotter out there, which will be good for fitness levels.

“The first couple of days of training will involve doing some testing with the players to see the sort of shape they are in, but the early signs are looking good.

“There’ll be quite a lot of running involved, but it won’t just be running, by the second afternoon, the lads will have a football at their feet.”

Myles Weston was the only new permanent face at the training ground this morning, but a couple of trialists were also there looking to impress.

Brown looked back to last season and the impression Ben Coker made as an example the lads on trial this time around can look to.

He said: “Ben came in on the first day of last pre-season looking to make an impression and he certainly did that. We’d offered him a deal by the conclusion of the Braintree Town friendly.

“He went from strength to strength and signed a new deal during the season, so the challenge is there to anyone who does come in on trial over pre-season.

“We’d like to have our squad together and finalised by the first game of the season, but football works in funny ways. We’re constantly looking to bring in the right type of player.”

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