Left back vacancy filled by Brennan

Last updated : 27 January 2006 By Chris C
Brennan's signing comes after the 6 month contract offer to Lens left back Lachor was turned down with the player wanting an 18 month deal. The deal for Brennan was quickly sealed as the player admitted himself:

"The first I heard of Southampton's interest was yesterday but everything sounded pretty good and although there was some interest from a couple of other clubs after I spoke to the manager George Burley I was convinced. For me Saints are a Premiership Club and that was a big part of my decision. I want to be at a big Club that has got ambition and I felt that Southampton was the place that could offer me that."

So we beat off competition from other clubs for once, he was impressed by our ambition and he sees us as a Premiership club. Talk about endearing yourself to the supporters!

While hardly a household name, with some wags suggesting it was in fact Eastender's Jim Branning we had signed, Brennan is a Canadian international with 33 caps and 3 goals to his name. He has been in and out of the Norwich side this season, but has made 48 appearances in total for them, again scoring 3 goals. He has enjoyed spells at Huddersfield, Nottingham Forrest, Bristol City and Sora Lazio (not THAT Lazio).

He comes with good reports from Norwich fans who feel he was underused at Norwich and deserved more games. We hope that their loss is our gain and Jim is most welcome. He goes straight into the squad for Leicester and Burley may well use the opportunity of the cup to see if he can fill the left back slot that out-of-position Danny Higginbotham has worked so hard to fill.

His signing once again takes our expenditure since relegation to a whopping £90k on Ricardo Fuller. We can only hope that Rupert Lowe is saving all the Theo money for a major name striker as it is time that the board showed the ambition that so attracted Jim and invested in genuine first team quality. Free signings are great, but they are not going to yield the striker that we so desperately need.