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Phil Brown: Kightly signing is a statement

7 July 2017

Boss on his latest summer recruit...

Phil Brown believes the capture of Michael Kightly is a huge signal of intent.

The winger is Phil Brown’s second signing of the summer, following Stephen Hendrie through the door at Roots Hall.

And Brown insists the 31-year-old joining shows the direction the club is going.

“I think it’s a massive signing,” he said.

“As far as I’m concerned, the more quality and ex-Premier League experienced players we can bring to the football club, it emphasises one the statement of intent from us and two where we want to go.

“The players that I’m bringing in know what it’s like to play at a higher level and if they can drag every ounce of effort and quality from the players that we’ve already got at the football club to try and get us there, then it’s job done.”

Kightly scored four goals in the Championship last season for Burton Albion where he made 12 appearances on loan from Burnley.

Before departing on a temporary basis he made five appearances in the Premier League for the Clarets last season.

“Make no mistake about it, he’s a quality player,” Brown added.

“If we can get the ball to him sufficiently, sometimes that’s the difficult part in our division when your winger is standing out on the wing wanting the pass, wanting the ball, wanting to create and score goals, the hard part is getting it to him.

“If we can get sufficient ball to Michael’s feet then we’re going to cause problems for the opposition and that quite simply what our job has got to be.”

Kightly’s connection to the area is strong in that not only did he grow up and go to school locally and then play for Blues, but he made his debut for Wolves against Southend.

And Brown hopes being brought up locally will help his performances.

“He’s Basildon-born and bred but that wasn’t the reason I brought him to the football club. Regardless of what he did before he left Southend, he’s gone on to do better things elsewhere.

“It’s the stuff that he’s done elsewhere that I’ve brought him back to the football club.

“It’s a bonus that he is from Basildon, knows the area, has an affinity with the area and hopefully that affinity will show itself and manifest itself into good performances.”

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