Date: 4th August 2015 at 2:07pm
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Daniel Bentley, who continues to be linked with an exit, Brian Horton and Gary Deegan have all been in the Southend news the past day or so for varying reasons with QPR’s interest in Bentley seeing a bid come in, whereas Horton’s been confirmed in a role and Deegan’s committed his future to the club.

Phil Brown’s told the Echo QPR’s bid was turned down whereas working with his former Hull and Preston colleague Horton will be ‘priceless’ to Southend.

The Echo has said the offer from QPR was less than the £1m rejected from Hull last week, which was quite rightly rejected with Brown saying.

‘We’ve been aware of QPR’s interest for a while and they have now made a bid which we’ve turned down.

‘We don’t want Daniel to leave and that’s all there is to say on the matter at the moment.’

Bentley had sat out the past two friendlies, which intensified the speculation he could leave but illness and a family bereavement were behind the 22-year-old, who worryingly does only have a year left on his Blues deal, sitting out those games before returning for the Leyton Orient defeat.

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As for Horton’s role, this has been confirmed as a ‘football coordinator’ post.

Explaining this the Southend boss added, also in the Echo

‘Brian was itching to come on board and he will be priceless to us.

‘He will be football co-ordinator and will cover all areas. He will work with the first team, the under 21s, the academy, the building of the new ground and the dome as well.

‘There’s lot of things for him to have his hands on and we would be foolish to ignore someone of his experience.’

If anyone knows what the 66-year-old is all about then it’s Brown having known him for several years and worked with him twice.

The final, and most recent bit of Blues news was the confirmation that Deegan has signed a new two-year contract, which was confirmed on the Official Website this morning.

Keeping the midfielder was always Brown’s aims and doing this is something he’s ‘really pleased’ to get done.

‘One of the things we are aiming to continue from last season is momentum, and keeping the nucleus of the squad together.

‘Gary certainly played his part last season and I’m really pleased to finally get him signed up. It’s taken a while but we’re delighted to keep him here.’

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