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News: Phil Brown delighted with his strongest squad of players

26 November 2014

The Gaffer looks ahead to a key point in the season and is pleased with the current group at his disposal.

Southend United manager Phil Brown believes the current crop of Blues players are the best he’s had since he arrived at Roots Hall in March 2012.

The Gaffer, who has overseen Blues earn three consecutive Sky Bet League Two wins, insists there is plenty of competition for places heading into the Christmas period.

“We’re playing three in there at the moment and we have seven or eight top quality midfielders,” Brown said, when discussing his options in the centre of the park.

“We’re coming into the January transfer window soon and we’ll be aiming to bring a couple more in when that comes around.

“It’s my strongest squad since I’ve been here and there’s more scope in terms of positions, units, and the overall team.

“All these lads just want to play football and there’s real competition for places heading into a key time in the season, with plenty of games.”

And Brown admits he’s prepared to be busy looking at extending deals for his loan stars.

“We have a little bit of work to do at the moment. We’ve got Jakub Sokolik’s deal coming to an end soon so I’ll be working hard to keep him here. 

“Lee Barnard has been doing well at Stevenage and we’ll see what happens with him. 

“Jerome Binnom-Williams and Shaq Coulthirst are also on loan from Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur respectively and I’ve got to look to make sure that those two can continue playing for Southend United."

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