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BROWN ON SQUAD BUILDING, THE MIDFIELD AND FILLING ROOTS HALL

28 June 2021

Phil Brown is hopeful of further adding to his squad before the players report back for pre-season training.

The Blues players will be in for testing on Thursday 8th and Friday 9th July before the real work on the pitch begins on Monday 12th July, and after completing his fifth summer signing with Abu Ogogo joining last week, Brown continues to search for reinforcements.

"Abu’s only one of five new signings but hopefully there’s more to come,” the Blues boss told southendunited.co.uk.

"Everybody is looking and waiting to see who our next one is and we have got more to come, that’s the beauty of it.

"We’re hoping that players we’ve offered contracts to will re-sign, but we’re also hoping the new players we want to bring through the door will also come.

"The goalkeeping situation, the striker situation, maybe one of the wide players and full-backs. If we can get the right type of characters through the door, like we’ve already got, then we’ll go from strength to strength.

"That character of the changing room is so important, it can win you games before you even know it. When you’re down the character of the changing room can drag you through them type of moments.

"There’s lots to look forward to already this season but nothing more so than working with a new group of players that will hopefully make me a better coach.

"But I’m hoping we’re going to get another couple in before the pre-season starts. The ones that we're looking at hopefully in the next week to two weeks they will be in through the door and then the supporters will be getting as excited as what I am."

Ogogo adds to Blues’ midfield options along with James Dunne and Jack Bridge, while Nathan Ferguson remains under contract from last season.

And Brown said it's a crucial area of the pitch in any league or division.

"There’s a lot of times when I was younger coaches said these words to me, and I’ve carried it on too; if you win the midfield battle you tend to win the game of football.

"That has stuck with me throughout my career, albeit I played full-back all my career.

"Whether it’s numerical, physical, technical or tactical, it will all depend on certain things. The kind of system that we’re going to play, the number overload that we have in the middle of the park or just the type of people that we’re bringing in that can go and get the ball and give it to people that can play.

"All of those things will be a big part in us winning games at the level we’ve found ourselves at.

"I’m looking forward to gelling them together and that’s part and parcel of a pre-season.

"When you have a lot of players leave and a lot of players come into a club, the manager’s job, along with the coaching staff, is the gelling and coming together which produces wins.”

2021/22 Season Cards are now on priority sale to supporters who donated the balance of their 2020/21 Season Card to the club. On Wednesday anyone can purchase a Season Card ahead new campaign, and Brown said the task is to stop the downward spiral and get momentum going the other way once again.

"It's always nice to get a new project going. From a club that I left four years ago to a club that has stalled and found itself in the fifth division of English football is testimony to what has gone on over the last few years.

"We have to stop that now and turn it around.

"I know the supporters don’t go away. They are always the ones that are ever-present, regardless of how the season pans out they are always there which is going to be important for us next season.

"We need to get the same supporters coming back and hopefully new supporters as well.

"It doesn’t matter to me that we’ve gone down a division that the crowds can be lower. I think if you play the right type of football, and successful football, you can fill stadiums and that’s what we’re trying to do."

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