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Southend United bid to bring in Wigan Athletic defender Rob Kiernan, again!
SOUTHEND United are trying to force through a loan move for Wigan Athletic defender Rob Kiernan in time for him to play at Burton Albion tomorrow.
Blues were originally denied permission to sign the 22-year-old centre back earlier this week due to the transfer embargo they are currently under.
But, after Luke Prosser picked up his fifth yellow card of the season during Tuesday night's 5-2 defeat against Dagenham & Redbridge, the Shrimpers have just one available centre-back, Mark Phillips, in their squad.
And they are therefore again attempting to bring in Kiernan who has previously played on loan for seven clubs, including Yeovil Town, Bradford and Brentford.
Adam Thompson, who is with Blues on loan from Watford, is away with Northern Ireland's under 21 team.
And if Kiernan's loan fails to go through then Barry Corr, who came close to joining Burton during the summer, could switch from his usual striking role to line up in defence.
“I’ve had the conversation with Barry about him maybe playing at the back and he said he would be happy to do that,” confirmed manager Phil Brown.
“I understand that he did it before last season and with his size he could be well suited to that role.
“It’s obviously not ideal because we would prefer to have him at the other end, but the situation we’re in at the moment is far from ideal.
“We do have options other than Barry, but unfortunately they do all involve people having to play out of position.”
Brown added that right-back John White and left-back Ben Coker would also be able to move into the middle of the defence, with Ryan Leonard or Anthony Straker lining up at full-back.
But young Jack Edwards is also being considered by Brown, who insisted he would spend plenty of time deciding who to select.
“John and Ben could both do well in there, despite not being the biggest,” said Brown.
“I remember being with Simon Charlton at Bolton and we had to put him at centre-back once.
“He’s only 5ft 8ins tall but he was magnificent that day because he knew how to defend, so it can be done.
“Jack (Edwards) is also another option though because he’s done well in that position in the development matches we’ve had.”
However, another promising young defender — Josh Banton — is currently sidelined with an ankle injury.
But whoever Brown does select will want to help the Shrimpers bounce back from their midweek 5-2 drubbing against Dagenham & Redbridge in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
“We need to react in the right way but, aside from a mad 10 minutes, I actually thought we played quite well,” said Brown.
“It was an exercise at looking at the strength of depth in our squad and I think it proved we do need to bring more players in somewhere down the line.”
Blues head into tomorrow’s game sitting 14th in the League Two, two places below Burton.
But the Shrimpers could have top goalscorer Freddy Eastwood back on the bench.
The striker has missed his side's last two matches with a hamstring injury but he has now had an injection to try and cure the problem.
“Freddy’s had a pint of fluid taken off his knee and it turns out that was causing the problem with his hamstring,” said Brown.
“He’s had a cortisone injection and we will have to wait and see how it settles down.
“But there is an outside chance he could be on the bench.”