SOUTHEND United manager Phil Brown has selected three of his summer signings in the starting line-up for this afternoon’s first game of the season at Accrington Stanley.

Centre-back Cian Bolger has been named alongside Luke Prosser at the heart of the back four while Myles Weston and Shaq Coulthirst are also in the side.

Coulthirst is expected to line up on the left flank with Weston in attack next to Barry Corr.

Midfielder Conor Clifford also starts after being preferred to Will Atkinson in the centre of the park.

Southend United: Bentley, White, Bolger, Prosser, Coker, Hurst, Leonard, Clifford, Coulthirst, Corr, Weston

Subs: Ibenfeldt, Thompson, Worrall, Barnard, Atkinson, Payne & P Smith