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Southend United manager Paul Sturrock wrestles with trialists dilemma
SOUTHEND United manager Paul Sturrock insists he is still mulling over the future of a trio of trialists.
Sturrock has handed midfielders Stephen Brogan and John Spicer opportunities to impress during pre-season, along with goalkeeper Tony Warner who was between the sticks for Tuesday night’s 2-1 defeat to Millwall at Roots Hall .
But Sturrock has yet to decide whether or not to offer any of them a deal.
“I am having a meeting with my staff and chief executive today and we will be talking about these players and what we’re going to do next,” said Sturrock.
“I will watch the game again on DVD to have a closer look at one or two things and that will also help me make up my mind.
“However, we’re running out of time a bit more and we need to make a few decisions.”
Blues still have no senior goalkeeper with just five days to go until they start their season with a trip to Peterborough United in the League Cup.
Sturrock was critical of Warner’s kicking during his display against the Lions.
But the Scotsman would not reveal if he would be making an improved loan offer to Millwall for Steve Mildenhall .
“Tony’s kicking let him down the other night so we have a few things to think about,” said Sturrock.
“The goalkeeping situation will also be discussed during today’s meeting.”
Sturrock took a side to Charlton Athletic yesterday for a behind closed doors friendly which Blues lost 3-2.
Brogan and David Martin put Southend 2-0 up but the hosts hit back with Bradley Wright-Phillips scoring twice in quick succession before Salim Kerkar grabbed the winner.
Sturrock used the game to have a look at three more trialist midfielders - Scott Donnelly, formerly of Wycombe Wanderers, ex Torquay man Taiwo Atieno and Stephen Folan, who was with Newcastle United last season.