SOUTHEND United manager Phil Brown is relishing finally having the opportunity to work with Ricky Holmes.

Brown has selected the 33-year-old in both of his starting line-ups since coming back to Blues.

And Brown is pleased he no longer has to manage against Holmes.

“I have to say Ricky Holmes is just a delight to work with,” said Brown.

“I’ve always despised playing against him, especially as he always seemed to score against us.

“But I asked him where he’s from and it’s the same place as my Missus so we’re like brothers now.

"His back tightened up a bit and maybe I asked too much of him but he gave us real nouse up there."