Blues Boss delighted with the additions of Jason Demetriou and Jermaine McGlashanSouthend United Manager Phil Brown was delighted to make his first bit of summer business after Jason Demetriou and Jermaine McGlashan signed on at Roots Hall.
Both players will officially sign for the Club on July 1.
Full back Jason Demetriou has signed a two-year deal, whilst winger Jermaine McGlashan has signed a two-year contract with the option of a third year which will come into effect once their contracts with their current clubs come to an end on June 30.
Brown has spoke highly of both players - first up Jason Demetriou who played an integral part in Walsall’s promotion push last season.
And Brown is thrilled to have someone of Demetriou’s ability and experience on board.
“Jason is a lad I’ve admired for a number of years.” He said
“He’s started his career at Leyton Orient and he played in midfield when I first spotted him when I was at Hull City.
“He’s been on his travels, and he’s been over to Cyprus to play for AEK Larnaca and him being a Cypriot International in itself brings great experience.
“And last year he played a vital role for a team that I thought were very unlucky not to get promoted in Walsall.
“They were without a shadow of a doubt one of the best footballing sides in the division last year, and a lot of that was down to the fact that they had players of Jason’s ability in their team.
“So that’s something I wanted to buy into and bring to the football club, and when it came to my attention that he lived in the area and had refused a contract extension at Walsall I jumped all over it and I’m delighted to have him on board.”
The second signing of the summer came in the form of Jermaine McGlashan who Brown believes will offer pace,skill and goal scoring opportunities aplenty to his team having caused the Blues many problems playing against them for Gillingham.
The midfielder has spent the last two years at Priestfield Stadium, scoring seven goals before opting to join the Blues ahead of next season.
“Jermaine was an absolute thorn in our side in the two games that we played against Gillingham last season, none more so than when we went to their place.” He added.
“There’s a streetwise mentality in Jermaine and that’s going to be important especially where penalty boxes are concerned.
“He has the ability to wriggle out of tight situations and in his first year at Gillingham he got a decent return of goals and assists.
“If he can bring that to the party next year then it spells a recipe for success.”
It may be the off-season but work behind the scenes hasn’t stopped with preparations for the new campaign now well underway.
And Brown is confident that this is just the start of Blues business this summer as he looks to build a squad that will challenge for promotion in 2016/17.
“We’re aiming to get into the play-offs minimum next year and the two quality signings that we’ve brought in at this moment in time is certainly a signal of intent.
“It won’t be the end of our business of course. I think the supporters are looking for us to improve on the front line and that always proves to be the hardest part of the job as far as managers are concerned.
“Hopefully we’ll be able to announce something soon, but the service to the strikers is important and that’s what Jermaine and Jason bring.”