SOUTHEND United manager Phil Brown does not feel too many changes are needed to make the Shrimpers a real force in League Two next season.

Blues just missed out on promotion last season, losing in the play-off semi-finals to Burton Albion.

And Brown feels his side are already well placed to be able to challenge again next term.

“It’s certainly not like last summer when I think we had something like 25 or 26 changes with different players coming and going and that’s certainly a good thing,” said the Shrimpers chief.

“Last year there was an awful lot to be done and we started off quite behind where we needed to be.

“That’s certainly not the case this season though.

“We signed up the likes of Daniel Bentley, Ben Coker, Kevan Hurst and Ryan Leonard on longer contracts during the season and we don’t need to bring in the same amount this summer either so we’re already in pretty good shape.”

Brown has already brought in winger Myles Weston on a free transfer after he was released by Gillingham and is still keen to bring in centre-back Jakub Sokolik on a permanent deal.

Yesterday’s Echosport revealed how Sokolik must choose between Yeovil Town and the Shrimpers and his agent Colin Murdock would not comment on the centre-back’s future.

Brown is also keen to strengthen his options in attack and would ideally like to make another four signings before the season gets underway at the start of August.

“It would be nice to make some signings and we’re still lining things up where that’s concerned,” said Brown.

“Another four would be brilliant to really give us strength in depth and competition for places.

“But I’m very happy with what’s already in place and the players we already have at the football club.”