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Phil Brown: Hunt was top of our list of targets

2 August 2015

Boss delighted to make his 'biggest signing' since being at Southend.

Southend United manager Phil Brown admitted that Noel Hunt was 'top of the list' when it came to making additions to his squad this summer.

The boss finally pulled off the signing of the experienced Irish forward this morning, and with it, bolstered the Blues strike-force.

And Brown was delighted to capture the former Reading, Leeds United and Ipswich Town hitman, who has agreed an initial one-year deal, with the option of a second.

“He was top of the list of targets,” Brown said frankly when we spoke to him on Saturday morning.

“We had a list of strikers and Noel came on our radar through Eamon Collins – his agent. Eamon's a good friend of mine and I owe a lot to him. He helped convince Noel that we're progressing. 

“To get in the play-offs with a top scoring player getting 12 and 16 was surprising to be fair and in David Mooney and Noel Hunt, I think we will do better than that this time.

“It'll be a two-year deal, no doubt about that. The option is to do with performance and goals. He's an ambitious lad and is a feisty character. Hopefully he'll bring all that to the party and I'm really looking forward to working with him and the rest of the team.

“He's played the majority of his career in the Championship. I've worked with his brother at Hull City and if he's anything like Stephen then we have a great player and professional on our hands.”

And Brown is still hopeful of concluding another couple of deals before the season gets underway at Fleetwood Town a week today.

The boss also believes Hunt to be his 'biggest signing' since he arrived at Southend back in 2013.

“We're still not finished. We're still looking at strengthening this side.

“It's a massive coup and probably my biggest signing since I've been here. It's a sign of the backing from the owner once again that we've managed to get him in.”

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