Southend manager Phil Brown has called for the club to step up their transfer activity after a spate of injuries.
A depleted Shrimpers squad was beaten 2-1 by non-League side Braintree in a pre-season friendly last Wednesday.
"That result just shows how woefully short we are in terms of numbers," Brown told
"It's a case of getting the money out of the coffers to see if we can improve the squad because the bottom line is we really need five or six more bodies."
Southend United Manager
“In another game we had seven trialists and five kids out there. We have three players out injured now and I was already bemoaning the squad size”
Former Hull and Preston boss Brown, 53, was
appointed as Paul Sturrock's successor in March
He has since
released five players,
veteran striker Neil Harris retire,
and lost Michael Timlin after the midfielder was
jailed for perverting the course of justice.
have both arrived at Roots Hall, while Colchester midfielder
John-Joe O'Toole has continued to be linked with a move to the club.
"In our other game [against Bishop Stortford] we had seven trialists and five kids out there," Brown continued.
"Kevan Hurst, Barry Corr and Ryan Leonard are out injured and I was already bemoaning the squad size.
"We're talking to three or four lads but we need five more like John [White] and Will [Atkinson].
"They have made a real impact and are flying the flag for what I want in terms of quality and infectious energy about the place."