Southend United manager Phil Brown to take another look at trialists at Braintree Town

Craig Fagan - on trial with Southend United

Craig Fagan - on trial with Southend United

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SOUTHEND United manager Phil Brown will be having another look at his trialists when he takes his team to Braintree Town tomorrow.

Full-back Gavin Hoyte, plus wingers Roman-Michael Percil and Craig Fagan will all be in action at the Amlin Stadium.

And Brown is also keen to run the rule over a defender he hopes to bring in on trial.

“It’s clear we need to bring in defenders and we’re looking at bringing at least one in on trial for the Braintree game,” said the Shrimpers chief.

“It’s not definitely happening at the moment but it’s a good opportunity because Braintree are a good side and they will be a real test for whoever we select after the excellent season they had in the Conference last year.

“Gavin Hoyte, Craig Fagan and Roman-Michael Percil are all still with us on trial though and, at this stage, I fully expect them to be playing some part in the game.”

Blues beat Great Wakering Rovers 5-0 in their first pre-season friendly before also seeing off Billericay Town 3-1 at New Lodge on Tuesday night.

After that, the Shrimpers faced Tottenham Hotspur in a behind closed doors friendly.

And Brown feels his players are now ready to play the full 90 minutes.

“The lads are chomping at the bit to play a full game again and I think some of them will get that opportunity at Braintree this weekend,” said the former Hull City chief.

“At Tottenham during the week Ted Smith played in goal for them as they didn’t have a keeper so both him and Daniel Bentley got a full game in which would’ve done them good.

“But it’s now time for the outfield players to do the same as we start to step things up ahead of the league season.”

Brown will be taking a full squad to take on the Iron, with several of the young players being named on the bench.

The game kicks off at 1pm.


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