DANNY Searle is confident that his new Braintree Town addition can have an instant impact in their ongoing battle to get clear of the Vanarama National League relegation scrap.

The new Iron boss is excited to have been able to bring in striker Korrey Henry from League Two side Yeovil Town this week ahead of their home game against high-flying Salford City on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

The 19-year-old is a player who Searle knows well after coaching him when he was working with the West Ham Academy and he sees him as being a player who can be a perfect foil up front to the guile of the in-form Callum Morton.

“Korrey is a real handful,” said Searle. “He has great physical attributes and he just scores goals.

“He has scored goals at whatever level he has played and also from wherever he has played on the pitch.

“His energy will give us an aggression and will bring a different dynamic to the team.

“I feel he will be a breath of fresh air and is someone who will complement Callum Morton perfectly.

“I have felt that we’ve needed someone to complement Callum because there are things that we’ve had to ask him to do at times that have compromised what he is best at.

“Korrey will take that role and allow Callum to express himself as we really want him to.

“It’s round pegs for round holes.

“I don’t want Callum doing things that he shouldn’t be doing; we can’t have him performing tasks on the pitch when he should be doing something else.

“Korrey brings a real presence for us.

“One thing that I’ve really seen from this level of non-league is the physicality that you need is phenomenal.

“We are a young side and if we can add a bit more physicality then that has to be helpful.”

Searle said it was a bonus that the deal to bring Henry in from the Glovers was a permanent one until the end of the season rather than another loan as league rules meant there was a cap on the number of loanees who were able to be in a matchday squad.

He added: “We have Korrey on a permanent basis until the end of the season.

“He’s not here on loan and that’s good with having other players on loan here already.

“He is a player who I had as a youngster at West Ham and when he left to go to Yeovil, I kept in touch with him.

“We actually tried to get him in when Hakan and I first came in at Braintree so I’m glad that we’ve been able to get it sorted now.

“I’m hoping to get two or three more in as well.”

Searle said he was looking to add players to his Braintree squad who - like Henry - would be able to make an immediate impact for the Iron.

He said: “It’s no disrespect to the boys who are at the club already but in football, if you have an opportunity to improve your squad with someone who becomes available, then you’re going to bring them on board.

“These players are not like for likes.

“We have worked so hard and I trust the players here but when certain players become available who I know and I can bring them in through contacts then I will do it if it works for everyone.

“There are three types of signings.

“There are the ones you make to have an instant impact, who can start straight away and will boost morale and the quality in your squad.

“Then there are ones you bring in to be squad players and also ones who you see as potential.

“These are all ones who I see as boosting the quality we have and who I can see coming straight into the team.

“They will all be ready 100 per cent as they have all come in from full-time professional clubs, but we have been preparing a game plan to face Salford with and without them.

“I trust the players we have here and we are ready to go.”