Ogogo a boost to Blues midfield options

Brian Jeeves

Southend United have considerably bolstered their midfield options with the signing of Abu Ogogo following the players’ departure from Bristol Rovers.

Ogogo spent two months of the last campaign on loan with his former club, Dagenham & Redbridge. The 31-year-old initially spent six years at Victoria Road before moving on to Coventry City and Shrewsbury Town before linking up with the Gasheads in 2018.

Abu Ogogo has penned a one-year deal with Southend United with the option of another twelve months (Kieran Galvin ActionFotoSport)

Speaking to Blues TV on completing his move to Roots Hall Stadium, the Epsom-born players enthused: “I’m very very pleased to get the deal done. I was in talks for a little while but as soon as I heard of the interest it was always something that I wanted to pursue and I’m really happy it’s over the line now.

“I met the manager and he was very down to earth. We had a good chat and he basically said the aim is promotion. That is the be all and end all, we need to get back to where we belong and I wanted to be part of that.
“Initially I got a call from Anton [Robinson] a few weeks back to say there was interest and he asked if it would be something I would like to pursue which I said definitely. I came down and had a chat with the gaffer and I knew straight away from that first chat this was where I wanted to play my football.”

Meanwhile, Blues boss, Phil Brown added: “I think the best word to use for Abu is pedigree,” said the Southend manager. “I have watched and admired him for a long time.

“He’s not a master technician, he’s more of a conduit in midfield to help others play the beautiful game. That’s what he did at Shrewsbury in the midfield three they played at the time.

“He goes and gets the ball off the opposition, he knows how to get a regain or a second ball and his experience lends itself to everybody on the field. For me that kind of player is priceless.

“They’re probably never the first name on the team sheet with supporters because they don’t catch the eye as much, but as far as I’m concerned as a manager he’ll be first on the team sheet if he keeps his fitness levels to the extent I know he can.

“He’ll be covering as much ground as anybody on the field and he’ll be getting the ball back for the team to play some football.

“He’s a great character, always got a smile on his face and that will brighten things up around the place. Everything about him is the type of character I want at my football club.”

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Brian Jeeves

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