Southend United are pleased to confirm the permanent signing of Northern Ireland under-21 international Adam Thompson.
Thompson has been on loan with Blues since the start of the season and after an undisclosed fee was agreed with Watford, the defender has sealed a 18-month deal with the club.
The 21-year-old has Championship experience having played under Gianfranco Zola for the Hornets.
But following Zola’s departure, Thompson became available on a permanent basis and we have moved quickly to secure his services.
Thompson has featured 11 times for Southend United since making his debut in the 1-0 win away at Hartlepool United.
Having played on loan at Brentford, Wycombe and Barnet, Blues were his fourth loan club during his career.
But the defender felt it was time to move on from Watford permanently, and Blues were the only club that came to mind at that point.
He said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with Southend United and it’s the best I’ve ever felt in my career.
“I knew quite a while ago that I would be really interested in joining the club on a permanent basis so I’m delighted it has happened.
“It’s really important for my progression that I work as hard as I can to become a regular in the team and help Southend achieve promotion this season.”
Manager Phil Brown said: “I’m delighted that Adam has agreed to join the club on a permanent basis, he’s been an important player for us this season.
“He really showed against Millwall what he was all about so we’re pleased to have him here now for 18-months.
“There was other clubs interested in Adam but he made it clear this is the place he wanted to be to continue his development as a footballer.
“I’d like to thank Watford for allowing him to come on loan to us in the first instance. I’m pleased we were able to get this deal over the line.”
Adam has captain Northern Ireland’s under-21 side on a number of occasions, and has also made two appearances for the senior team.