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Phil Brown: Trip to Spain will be hugely beneficial

5 July 2015

Boss confirms Gary Deegan and Adam Thompson will be in the travelling party.

In the second part of our interview with Southend United boss Phil Brown, the Blues boss is pleased with how things are ticking along.

Blues head out to Spain today for a six-day training camp, and Brown says two familiar faces will be joining the party for the trip.

“You try and conclude talks as quickly as you can and in the case of Tommo (Adam Thompson) and Gary Deegan, they'll both be coming to Spain with us,” the 56-year-old says.

“Talks are ongoing with those two and hopefully we'll get somewhere with the two of them.”

And the search for reinforcements for Blues' return to League 1 continues, and Brown admits there are areas that need strengthening – particularly up front.

David Mooney joined the Club last week and is the only recognised striker at Roots Hall so far.

“We're looking to improve every area of the pitch and the search continues. Hopefully David Mooney and Anthony Wordsworth will be the first of a few quality additions we'll be making here.

“It's the top end of the pitch where we're really looking at, with one striker currently at the Football Club. It's something we're looking at, for sure.”

And with pre-season beginning today, Brown believes the trip to Spain will be massively beneficial and worthwhile for him, his staff and the Blues players.

“As far as I'm concerned, the facilities are top drawer where we're going and the players will be under our guidance. 

“We're certainly not going out there for a jolly up and to have a good time. We're out there to work with the players and we'll have pool sessions, ball sessions and fitness training as well. 

"The players will get massive benefits from it. Living on top of each other for six days is great for team bonding. We'll be physically prepared when we come back but we will still be slightly rusty technically by the time we begin the first friendly. 

“The players have looked after themselves in the summer and I'll get a better feel of how we're shaping up during the camp in Spain.”

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