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MATCH PREVIEW | Brown previews Gills opener

4 August 2016

Phil Brown has his say as Blues prepare to meet Gillingham at Roots Hall this weekend for the opening match of 2016/17.

Southend United Manager, Phil Brown is thoroughly looking forward to kicking off the season against Gillingham at Roots Hall on Saturday.

The long wait is over as Sky Bet League One is back with much anticipation surrounding the season ahead.

And Brown admits the feeling you get before the big kick off is something that never goes away.

“You never lose that feeling you get at the start of the season.

“It’s excitement, it’s a buzz, it’s a nervousness, it’s tension – there’s all sorts of things that go through your mind at this stage of the season.

“You just want to hear that first whistle go and see how your team phase and fingers crossed we’ll be ready on Saturday at 3pm and we’re looking forward to the season.

Brown will be without Michael Timlin (Hamstring), Anthony Wordsworth (Hamstring) and Nile Ranger (Groin) for the opening day clash against the Gills but he will have Jermaine McGlashan available for selection against his former team after recovering from a knock sustained against Colchester United.

“The injured lads are doing everything they can to get themselves back.

“Michael Timlin is working hard in the gym, Nile Ranger is probably a week away from staking a claim and Anthony Wordsworth looks like he’ll have an operation this week which will keep him out for five-six weeks.

“Jermaine McGlashan fortunately limped out at the right time against Colchester United last week as a precaution and fortunately is fit and available for selection this weekend which will be a big game for him.”

Southend have strengthened the ranks with five summer signings so far this summer and Brown says the belief in the squad is strong going in to 2016/17.

“The lads I’ve got in the changing room are full of ambition. The last three-four weeks have not just been about physical preparation also mental preparation.

“Conversations I’ve had in the the changing room have asked where they want to be at the end of the season and the level of ambition is that they want to get promoted.

“It’s not easy to do but we have got a lot of experience in that changing room that has been there, seen it and done it.

“So we’ll be calling upon that experience this year coupled with the youthful exuberance and the energy levels of the football team, and if we can put the two of them together who knows how far we can go

“I’m not going to make any bold predictions, we just want to be at the right end of the division and look to make this club a Championship club.”

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