Southend United manager Phil Brown unable to add to squad until transfer embargo is lifted (From Echo)
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Southend United manager Phil Brown unable to add to squad until transfer embargo is lifted
SOUTHEND United manager Phil Brown has revealed he is unable to add to his Shrimpers squad, due to the transfer embargo the club are currently under.
Blues, who host Dagenham & Redbridge in the second round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Roots Hall tonight, believed they still had one available slot in their squad, which they had been hoping to fill with another defender.
But the Shrimpers have now discovered another transfer is not possible and Brown must battle on with the players he already has at the club.
“Our hands are tied now when it comes to bringing people in as we’ve been told we can’t bring in an extra player anymore,” confirmed Brown.
“We thought we were allowed 20 but we’ve now found out that isn’t the case until the parameters change.
“Everyone is working tirelessly to try and make sure that happens as quickly as possibly but until then we will have to carry on getting stuck in with the players we already have here.”
Brown, whose side won 2-0 at Oxford United at the weekend, is likely to make changes to his starting line-up tonight.
Goalkeeper Paul Smith, who has yet to feature this season, midfielders Michael Timlin and Jack Payne and striker Craig Reid could all earn recalls.
But Brown is keen to progress in the competition and is aiming for another Wembley showdown after Blues made the JPT final last April, losing 2-0 to Crewe Alexandra.
“I’ve always liked this competition and it would be great to make Wembley again like the club did last year, hopefully with a better result in the final this time,” said Brown.
“It’s a balancing act because you want to progress at the same time as giving other players in the squad a chance to progress.
“However, I certainly won’t be making that many changes because Dagenham are a good side in good form and I think we’ll be in for a difficult game against them.”
Defender Adam Thompson will miss the next two matches after being called up for Northern Ireland’s under-21 team.
Mark Phillips could replace him if he passes a late fitness test on a hip problem.
But, if he fails to recover, then Brown will have just one recognised centre-back available.
The former Hull City chief said he could put John White or Ben Coker into the middle of the defence if needed, while youngsters Ryan Auger and Jack Edwards were also in contention.
But the promising Josh Banton is unavailable after suffering an ankle injury for the youth team in their 2-0 win against Peterborough United on Saturday.