Southend United manager Phil Brown confident of keeping Daniel Bentley despite interest from Leeds United

Echo: Being watched - Blues goalkeepr Daniel Bentley Being watched - Blues goalkeepr Daniel Bentley

SOUTHEND United manager Phil Brown is confident of keeping goalkeeper Daniel Bentley at the club, despite rumoured interest from Leeds United.

Elland Road boss Brian McDermott watched the Shrimpers in action at Rochdale last Friday, with Bentley apparently on his radar.

But Brown is not resigned to losing his star shot-stopper, who still has two years left on his contract.

And he is also hopeful of being able to keep hold of impressive loan duo John Egan and Jakub Sokolik.

“I’m very hopeful of keeping Daniel Bentley at the football club and also John and Jakub too,” said Brown.

“Daniel has done very well this season, he’s young and has kept 19 clean sheets so I’m not surprised if there is interest in him or any other or players who have done well this season.

“But my job is to try and keep the best players here and that’s what I will be trying to do.

“The bigger picture is we want what is best for this football club and we’re all focusing on trying to achieve promotion at this stage.”

Brown added that Ryan Leonard could also be on the radar of bigger clubs after impressing in the Shrimpers’ midfield this season.

But he has been delighted by the approach of his young players.

“It’s hard when players have their heads turned but that hasn’t happened here and their attitudes have been spot on,” said Brown.

“They are focusing on what we want to achieve and I’m sure they will want to have a promotion on their CV.

“I would never want to stand in the way of a young player but we obviously want what’s best for us.”

That also includes keeping centre-backs Egan and Sokolik at the club.

Egan, who is with Blues on loan from Sunderland and Sokolik, who is on loan from Liverpool, have impressed alongside each other at the heart of the back four.

And Brown is keen to sign them both permanently.

“I’ve had conversations with them, their agents and clubs about wanting to sign them,” confirmed the Blues chief.

“We haven’t got to the nitty-gritty yet and we need to put meat on the bones but we’re hopeful they will stay.

“However, it’s far from being a done deal at this stage.”

Egan and Sokolik have kept six clean sheets in their eight games together and the Shrimpers now boast the best defensive record in the division having conceded 38 goals in their 44 matches so far this season.

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2:13pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Colin C White says...

IMO Dan Bentley has been a revelation but needs another season to learn his trade - and surely no way go to Leeds who allegedly may have more trouble - maybe sign for a Prem team with a full season loan back. Ryan Leonard has been a solid performer and found his best position but we must hang on to our better players to maintain progress - in Division 1 hopefully. Egan and Sokolik have been an excellent backbone, keeping Prosser out who was close to being one of the Players of the Season, but they wont be cheap to buy or pay - where will the money come from? Isn't the ground a priority come May 2014?
IMO Dan Bentley has been a revelation but needs another season to learn his trade - and surely no way go to Leeds who allegedly may have more trouble - maybe sign for a Prem team with a full season loan back. Ryan Leonard has been a solid performer and found his best position but we must hang on to our better players to maintain progress - in Division 1 hopefully. Egan and Sokolik have been an excellent backbone, keeping Prosser out who was close to being one of the Players of the Season, but they wont be cheap to buy or pay - where will the money come from? Isn't the ground a priority come May 2014? Colin C White
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3:11pm Thu 24 Apr 14

southend_Dave says...

Colin C White wrote:
IMO Dan Bentley has been a revelation but needs another season to learn his trade - and surely no way go to Leeds who allegedly may have more trouble - maybe sign for a Prem team with a full season loan back. Ryan Leonard has been a solid performer and found his best position but we must hang on to our better players to maintain progress - in Division 1 hopefully. Egan and Sokolik have been an excellent backbone, keeping Prosser out who was close to being one of the Players of the Season, but they wont be cheap to buy or pay - where will the money come from? Isn't the ground a priority come May 2014?
They are both free agents in the summer.
[quote][p][bold]Colin C White[/bold] wrote: IMO Dan Bentley has been a revelation but needs another season to learn his trade - and surely no way go to Leeds who allegedly may have more trouble - maybe sign for a Prem team with a full season loan back. Ryan Leonard has been a solid performer and found his best position but we must hang on to our better players to maintain progress - in Division 1 hopefully. Egan and Sokolik have been an excellent backbone, keeping Prosser out who was close to being one of the Players of the Season, but they wont be cheap to buy or pay - where will the money come from? Isn't the ground a priority come May 2014?[/p][/quote]They are both free agents in the summer. southend_Dave
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3:12pm Thu 24 Apr 14

southend_Dave says...

PS the stadium is being financed by Sainsbury, not the football club.
PS the stadium is being financed by Sainsbury, not the football club. southend_Dave
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5:10pm Thu 24 Apr 14

southend loser says...

southend_Dave wrote:
PS the stadium is being financed by Sainsbury, not the football club.
I am not disputing what you say ,but I thought the sale of the ground was going to (ha-ha) be the way it is financed.
The club itself like so many around cash wise is a basket case.
Also is there not still a transfer embargo ???
Play offs and promotion is our real hope now and with a bit of luck it will happen
[quote][p][bold]southend_Dave[/bold] wrote: PS the stadium is being financed by Sainsbury, not the football club.[/p][/quote]I am not disputing what you say ,but I thought the sale of the ground was going to (ha-ha) be the way it is financed. The club itself like so many around cash wise is a basket case. Also is there not still a transfer embargo ??? Play offs and promotion is our real hope now and with a bit of luck it will happen southend loser
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