Blues' first summer signing can't wait to get the season started...
New signing Myles Weston says manager Phil Brown was one of the main reasons why he decided to make the move to Southend United.
Weston’s arrival is the first of the summer and the winger says talks with Blues’ boss made it clear he wanted to make the move to Roots Hall.
The 26-year-old had been in talks with another club, but discussions with Brown helped make his decision for him.
He said: “I had been in talks with another club, but heard of Southend United’s interest and met the manager to discuss what his plans were.
“He made it clear he wanted me to be a part of what he was trying to do here, and I was really enthused by everything he was saying.
“He is a very ambitious manager. The talks were extremely positive and it really made it clear to me that Southend United was the club for me.
“I’m very happy to have arrived, and believe I can really come in and help the manager and the club achieve the aims and ambitions he has for the team.
“I knew quite a bit about Southend from friends in football who had played here, and from previous visits with Brentford and Gillingham I knew it was a good club.”
Weston, a winger, who also feels he can produce the goods as a striker, says he believes he can really excite Southend United fans next season.
“I would like to think that I can really excite the fans with the way I approach the game,” he added. “My game is all about taking people on and running at defences.
“Hopefully I can get the fans up off their feet and give them something to cheer about, whether that is out wide or up front.
“I joined Gillingham as a striker, and Brentford as a striker, but played left-wing last season and enjoyed it there too, so I’m happy to play in any of those positions.”
Having won promotion with the Gills in 2013, and seen Blues go so close last season, Myles believes there will be a real hunger among the squad to not miss out this time around.
He added: “2013 was the first title of my career and it was a season I’ll never forget. I gained some valuable experience which I feel will put me in good shape for a promotion push this time.
“I know how close the club went last season, but having got to the play-offs and missed out, I’m sure there will be a real drive among the players to go one better.
“I’m here to play my part in helping the club achieve their aim of promotion to League 1, and I can’t wait for pre-season to get started.”