Blues' boss believes Myles Weston will make a big impression at Roots Hall next season...
Southend United manager Phil Brown revealed his delight after completing his first signing of the summer, with Myles Weston arriving on a two-year deal.
Brown was pleased to have got his man, having seen Anthony Straker depart Roots Hall earlier last week.
But Blues’ boss said the signing of Weston was not a kneejerk decision following Straker’s departure, having kept tabs on the 26-year-old for around a year.
He said: “I know supporters will see that Anthony left earlier in the week and we moved very quickly to complete the signing of Myles.
“But this was not a kneejerk decision at all. It has been a long hard slog to get this one across the line. We’ve been following Myles for about a year.
“We’ve had good reports back, and the views of Martin Allen and Peter Taylor, who I respect, were very positive about the player.
“We needed to replace Anthony, and his pace, and we’ve done just that, but Myles is different in that he can also play as a striker.
“When I spoke to him he said he felt he could play on either wing or up front, and when you see he got eight goals from the wing for Gillingham when they won promotion, you can see why he thinks that.”
Brown believes Myles’ previous promotion with the Gills will stand him in good stead ahead of the 2014-15 campaign which gets underway on August 9th.
And he feels the winger will be one to excite supporters next season at Roots Hall, adding: “He has got an abundance of pace which can really hurt teams at this level, so I’m looking forward to working with him.
“He won promotion with Gillingham two seasons ago, and got eight goals during that campaign, so he has played a big part in something we want to achieve next season.
“You only have to look at the performances of Will Atkinson last season to see how a promotion can effect a player.”