Blues' midfielder wants to reach heights he achieved last season...Southend United winger Kevan Hurst is looking to pick up where he left off this season, following a terrific 2013-14 campaign.
Hurst finished second top-scorer for Blues last season, and also got the most assists in League 2 over the course of the 46 games.
Having signed a new deal midway through the year, he’s now hoping to kick on again, and gave a little taste of what is to come with a superb goal in the 3-1 win against Billericay Town last week.
Hurst said: “I really enjoyed last season. It was probably my most successful on an individual level because I added goals to my game and that’s something I’ve wanted to do for a number of years.
“It was great to get the most assists in the league, but of course the disappointment at the end of the season overrode that, and the fact I’d got as many goals as I did.
“Last season was put to bed a long time ago by the whole squad. We’ve come back in this pre-season determined to go one better and win promotion and we’ve made a positive start.
“None of the lads let themselves down while we were away. The fitness levels and the quality of training and performances so far have given us plenty to build on.
“I was pleased to get a goal and an assist in the win against Billericay. Hopefully that is just a taste of what is to come for supporters this season.”
Hurst is now one of the more experienced members of Phil Brown’s squad, and the midfielder hopes that experience will come in handy throughout the course of the season.
“I’m getting old now compared to some of the lads in the group,” he added. “We’ve got quite a young group here but there’s a few experienced heads and I’m one of them.
“With the majority of the squad sticking together we are already a very close knit group, but Myles Weston has come in and settled in really well which is good to see.
“I’m sure anyone else that joins will realise quickly how good the team spirit is here, and how big a part that plays in the success of this team.”