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Colbert Extends Contract

21 January 2020

Southend United are pleased to announce Tony Colbert has signed a contract extension until the end of the 2019/20 season to become Head of Performance at Blues.

Colbert was brought in as part of Sol Campbell’s backroom staff in October as Head of Technical Football Conditioning.

Tony has a wealth of experience and knowledge having worked at the highest level in the Premier League under Arsene Wenger at Arsenal for 20 years in the capacity of Head of Conditioning and First Team Coach.

In the short time he’s been at the club he’s been important in improving player fitness levels and helping injured players return to full fitness.

Going forward Tony is an integral part of the Club’s ever advancing Sport Science Department.

Sol Campbell said: “I’m really pleased that Tony is staying on. He’s a vastly experienced guy and the more quality people that you surround yourself with the better you can perform.

“Everyone’s got their attributes and Tony, in his field, is second to none.

“Those years of experience, understanding and all that he brings, it can head off problems before they become a problem, and that’s key really.

“It’s just amazing that we’ve got him and I’m really over the moon that he’s extended his contract.”

Tony Colbert said: “After three or four weeks [of being at the Club] I got the bug back again.

“I’d been out of the game for about a year following 20 years at Arsenal but Sol asked me to come in with him and initially it was going to be for a 10-week period to get a handle on everything and get the technical and physical levels up. But once I got back in it was like I wasn’t out.

“I’ve really enjoyed it so far and I made it clear I wanted to stay if they wanted me to stay, and both Sol and the Chairman were keen for that.”

He added: “There’s been a big improvement in the high intensity work rate in training and match play and the amount of work we do at high speed, i.e. high intensity accelerations and decelerations and sprints etc. have all been improved considerably. The overall capacity of the team is much stronger, it’s about putting it into wins rather than draws now.

“It feels like we’re on a turning point, but it’s felt like we’re on a turning point since Burton. It’s just fractions that have made a difference between 12 or so points and the four or five that we’ve got.

“The fact we’re coming back in games and coming out the blocks quickly in games has been a big difference. The work rate from the start of the game is there and we finish games strongly as well.

“There is still room for improvement but we’re trying to raise the levels progressively and hopefully we’ll see some results coming through.”

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