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As part of Sky Sports' Sky Bet League Two spotlight, Chris Burton catches up with Southend United loanee Rob Kiernan.

Rob Kiernan: Feels he has benefited from regular loan spells

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The 2013/14 campaign is now well under way, with divisions beginning to take shape.

Here at Sky Sports we will look to take you to the very heart of the Sky Bet Football League over the coming months, with our Spotlight features intended to give you a greater insight into the clubs and players that keep us on the edge of our seats.

We hope to bring you the views and thoughts of a representative from each of the 72 teams over the course of the season, with those involved asked to give their take on the division they compete in, the club that pays their wages and those we should all be keeping an eye on.

Southend's Rob Kiernan is next into the hot-seat, with the Shrimpers loanee taking time out to discuss aiding a promotion push and his future plans with Chris Burton.

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Best side faced: I'd say Portsmouth. I thought that going forward they were quite a threat. I don't know if it was a case of it being at Portsmouth, there was quite a big crowd, but I thought that on the night they were quite good. I know we got the win, but I thought they were useful going forward.

Player of the Year so far: I'd have to say the guy playing next to me, Luke Prosser has been really good. He's helped me quite a lot. He got nominated for Player of the Month last month. He's impressed. Up front, Freddy Eastwood has been lively and he's getting fit. I really think he's a threat for us.

Best character in the dressing room: Cauley Woodrow doesn't know what day it is and a few of the other lads have got a bit of banter. It's a good group here and I'm enjoying it.

The gaffer: He wants to see hungry lads that want to work for him, for the team and the club and the fans, everyone. He has got that togetherness, he wants everyone to be on the same page and working for each other. I think it's rubbing off. The spirit here is one of the reasons that we've been doing so well so hopefully we can keep that going.

I appreciate that you haven't been there for the whole season but, as we're almost halfway through, how would you sum up how things have gone so far?

To be honest, I've really enjoyed myself. I've been doing well, played a bit, there is a good spirit, so it's all positive for me. I haven't been here since the start, but since I've been here I've really enjoyed it.

You suffered your first defeat in eight at the weekend, is it all about starting another run now?

Of course. We aren't going to get too disheartened about it. It was a blip and hopefully we can sort that out tomorrow night (against Rochdale). It was disappointing, but we can't be too down. We just have to look to go again.

People will be surprised to see you come unstuck against Torquay, but that just shows how competitive the league is doesn't it?

It does. The game wasn't the best and the conditions didn't help but fair play to Torquay, they had a game plan and it worked. They got a goal, we created some chances but it was just one of those days. Credit where it is due to them and we will go again.

It's such a tight division isn't it, you're only six points away from being in the bottom half, so it's vital to build momentum and maintain consistency?

Of course. That's what we're working towards. We're looking forward to the game tomorrow night and putting things right.

From what you've seen of the club, is it all set up to take a step up? Is there a feeling they have been in League Two for too long?

The support of the fans, and I think they are looking at getting a new stadium, it has got potential to get back up the league. But we just need to do the business on the pitch, and hopefully that will happen.

When you came in did you feel there was a bit of a buzz around the place - the manager had been given time to find his feet after a disappointing end to last season?

When I came in I thought there was a good vibe about the place. The gaffer gets everyone around him, we're all in the same ship and we're all together. I like it.

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Phil Brown has worked in the Premier League before and is a big character, he's the sort of manager you need at that level isn't he?

I've really enjoyed working with him. He's a credit to the club and he's taught me quite a lot. I've learnt a bit from him. I hope the club does get promoted. I'm just going to try and do my little bit for the team while I'm here.

He's got you very tight at the back, is that something you have been working hard on?

We work on it during the week, on our shape, and we go through different scenarios of what might happen. He's very good, he's very calculated, he knows where everyone should be at certain points. I have learnt a lot from him. He's a good manager, he knows what he's doing.

You've had a few loan spells now, do you feel that you've taken something from each of them?

I have been out on loan a few times in the last few seasons. Every manager has different views and little bits that you learn from. I have benefited from all of them. As a young player, you just want to play games and I'm no different.

Have they all been different? Have they all taught you something different?

Yeah. It would be difficult to pick out the exact bits and bobs, but I've learnt things that have helped me to improve. I have definitely improved over the last season or so and I'm grateful to those wherever I have been. I appreciate everything they have done for me.

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Are you hoping this one might be extended? Is there a chance of that happening?

I don't know what the plan is, to be honest. I spoke to the Wigan manager during the week. I think they are trying to get something sorted, but I really don't know. It's not something that's in my hands. I will just have to wait and see. My loan finishes in January after the Millwall game and we'll just have to go from there.

There has been the managerial change at Wigan, I suppose Uwe Rosler will want to have another look at you won't he before he makes a decision?

I was with Uwe at Brentford last season, so he knows a little bit about me. I played, I think, eight games there. I will have to go back and hopefully he thinks I have improved. I don't know, we'll just have to see what happens.

Do you see your long-term future at Wigan?

I really don't know. I'm at an age where I want to be settled somewhere. It that's at Wigan or if it's not, I'd quite like to have it resolved soon. If I'm going to be there, I'll be there, if not then I'll have to see what else is out there. But I really don't know, I'll have to wait and speak to the manager.