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News: Phil Brown gives an update on the January transfer window

8 January 2015

The Gaffer is hopeful of adding 'two or three' signings this month, for the final half of the season

Southend United manager Phil Brown gave the official website an update into the January transfer dealings, and admits that Blues are ‘in a better place’ than this time last season.

Following the suspensions of both Cian Bolger and Luke Prosser, many expected a centre back two be a top priority; however, Brown knows exactly where his side’s problems lie.

“I’d like to have gone out on the January 1st and brought in two strikers. That’s the area of concern, which 24 goals in 24 games suggests,” the Blues boss said.

“You look at the AFC Wimbledon JPT game and we were 2-1 up against ten men. We had seven or eight chances to kill the game off. We just need to be more ruthless and clinical in front of goal.

“It’s not the biggest squad here, we have six or seven youth players in the squad. We want to add in key areas.”

So with clubs up and down the country searching for personnel to help survive in divisions, secure a play-off place or win promotion, how hard is it for managers to bring in the targets they want?

“It’s not as difficult as you think,” Brown says. “The hard part is the fact the majority of the teams in our league are after the same targets. 

“You have to do your homework on players, and I brought the chairman to the Wolverhampton Wanderers under-21s vs. Arsenal under-21s game last night.

And Brown is hopeful that another ‘two or three’ players will be added to the Blues squad by the end of this month.

“I don’t want to build everybody’s hopes up and then disappoint them. We’re in a good position and in a better place as a squad than this time last season. I want to bring another two or three in, short-term or long-term.

“We need players here who want to wear the badge with pride. We’re sixth in the league table, and if we do our business right, it’s a recipe for success.”

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