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Goals for Southend United boost Stephen Brogan's league aim
STEPHEN Brogan hopes to have done enough to fire himself back into the Football League after scoring twice for Southend United at Braintree Town on Saturday.
The 24-year-old trialist, who played on the left flank after coming on at half-time against the Iron, netted both of Blues’ goals in a 2-0 win at the Amlin Stadium.
And, having been with Blue Square North side Stalybridge Celtic last season, Brogan is now desperate to return to League Two.
“I’d love to get back to playing league football and hopefully grabbing a couple of goals here can help make that happen,” said Brogan, who started his career with Rotherham United.
“I was really pleased with how things went when I came on and it couldn’t really have gone much better for me.
“I scored a couple of goals and would really like to sign for Southend, so hopefully the manager will decide to sign me.”
Brogan has scored 14 goals in 48 games with Stalybridge and was also called up to play for England C, a team made up of the country’s best non-league players.
But all that came after the winger’s progress with Rotherham had been halted by a broken leg which kept him on the sidelines for 18 months.
“I snapped my leg and was out for quite some time, which was obviously really frustrating for me,” said Brogan.
“That’s why I ended up having to drop out of the league but I’m feeling good again now and hope to be given another chance to show what I can do.”
Brogan therefore began pre-season training with Exeter City.
However, after failing to secure a switch to the Grecians, he contacted his former Rotherham team-mate Graham Coughlan, who is now player coach at Blues, to request a trial at Roots Hall.
“Cocko said it was fine to come in and I trained with the team for the first time on Friday,” said Brogan.
“I also know Ryan Cresswell from Rotherham which made settling in much easier and I’m grateful for this opportunity.”
Brogan is now waiting to hold talks with Paul Sturrock, but the Blues boss admitted he had been impressed by the winger.
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