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Sturrock Update on Blues player


Life President
Oct 27, 2003
Thoughts from PS:

Francis: Highest earner, wanted him to stay, would like to thank him for services. Budget was vital to enable PS to bring in quantity of players. Still training with us for fitness until he gets a move. Not got bitter about the situation, everyone admires his attitude.

Signings: Pleased to sign Gilbert and Corr. Got new players in the pipeline that 'like to work with Paul Sturrock' so makes it easier and quicker to bring them in. Players happy to come in and give Southend a go based purely on Sturrocks word and history together.

Embargo: Cannot sign anyone, will lift embargo 'when it gets lifted'

Trialists: More coming in, closed doors friendly on Friday featuring 'a lot of trialists' and decisions to be made on them and the currently players after that. Lot of players available and out of work, more than he expected.

Cannot go into the season with 8/9 players.

Corr & Gilbert: 'Winners'. Both been in championship, good experience. Corr has bad luck with injuries, but hoping thats behind him. Discipline of Southend last season was unacceptable (large fines for stupid cards coming - nobody was fined last year) - so will be something Sturrock will be looking at.

Akinfenwa: 'No comment' - doesnt like discussing transfer targets. When people sign, he will announce it.