Date: 27th June 2016 at 5:55pm
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Manager Phil Brown has given his thoughts on both the fixtures being released, and the captures of Jason Demetriou and Jermaine McGlashan.

With the League One campaign giving us an almost double start against Gillingham, as we follow opening day with a League Cup tie against the same side at Roots Hall as well, Brown told the Official Site.

‘I haven`t had time to take in everything as far as the fixtures are concerned but the Gillingham one is the first one to grab your attention being a local derby. We shared the spoils on both occasions last season and they`ve still got their manager in Justin Edinburgh and I think they are still just about holding on to Bradley Dack which will key to their success next season if they are going to have any. And then we`ve gone and pulled them out in the EFL Cup and back to back games after only a few days is quite surreal. Focusing on the league if you look at Gillingham at home, Bristol Rovers at home and Millwall at home which are three of the first four home games – you`re looking at massive crowds.’

He went on to say.

‘After ten games, you`ll have an idea of somewhere near where you`re going to be at the end of the season but it will a hard slog as there is some good sides in there. We`ll be competitive this year and hopefully at home we can pack Roots Hall and get it rocking and see where it takes us. It`s a division that wets your appetite, and I am already looking forward to it and I know every player I have in employment will have this fixture list right in front of them. Now that you`ve got a fixture list you`ve automatically got a target. A target to aim for that you`re in the team for the first game of next season. And if that`s the case you`re a lucky man because we`ll have decent squad next year and hopefully a compeitive one that will have a good pre-season and will be fully looking forward to the first game.’

With Cypriot international Demetriou coming in on a two year deal following his contract expiry with Walsall, and McGlashan coming in also on a two year deal, but with the option of a third as a free agent from Gillingham, Brown explained.

‘Jason is a lad I`ve admired for a number of years. He`s started his career at Leyton Orient and he played in midfield when I first spotted him when I was at Hull City. He`s been on his travels, and he`s been over to Cyprus to play for AEK Larnaca and him being a Cypriot International in itself brings great experience. And last year he played a vital role for a team that I thought were very unlucky not to get promoted in Walsall. They were without a shadow of a doubt one of the best footballing sides in the division last year, and a lot of that was down to the fact that they had players of Jason`s ability in their team. So that`s something I wanted to buy into and bring to the football club, and when it came to my attention that he lived in the area and had refused a contract extension at Walsall I jumped all over it and I`m delighted to have him on board.’

Moving on to McGlashan, he went on to add.

‘Jermaine was an absolute thorn in our side in the two games that we played against Gillingham last season, none more so than when we went to their place. There`s a streetwise mentality in Jermaine and that`s going to be important especially where penalty boxes are concerned. He has the ability to wriggle out of tight situations and in his first year at Gillingham he got a decent return of goals and assists. If he can bring that to the party next year then it spells a recipe for success.’

He ended by saying that both players demonstrated for him the ambitions of the season.

‘We`re aiming to get into the play-offs minimum next year and the two quality signings that we`ve brought in at this moment in time is certainly a signal of intent. It won`t be the end of our business of course. I think the supporters are looking for us to improve on the front line and that always proves to be the hardest part of the job as far as managers are concerned. Hopefully we`ll be able to announce something soon, but the service to the strikers is important and that`s what Jermaine and Jason bring.’

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