Goalkeeper Cameron Belford had to be pulled off the training pitch mid session at Bury to complete his loan move to Southend United.
The Bury stopper completed last minute loan switch to Roots Hall on Tuesday afternoon just in time to face Peterborough United last night.
But having taken his place in goal he was unable to prevent Southend slipping to a 4-0 first round Capital One Cup defeat against the Championship side.
“I was surprised to be playing tonight,” Belford told the official website.
“I only got the call on Tuesday morning so I stopped training halfway through and came straight to the hotel to meet the lads.
“We’d had a few chats over the summer but it was felt that is was best to leave it until the start of the season because it was a situation that I knew the lads anyway and the way the gaffer plays.
“So if something was going to be last minute it wouldn’t be a problem.”
The 24-year-olds move to Roots Hall is for an initial one-month period with Blues boss Sturrock having made it no secret he is searching for a number one keeper.
Having spent over three months in Essex last season Belford, who completed 15 matches during that time, is unsure what the future holds beyond the next four weeks.
“You are always looking for some stability but there is a situation at Bury where the manager has now left,” said the keeper who is in his final year of his deal at Gigg Lane.
“I am contracted to Bury Football Club but the month gives me an opportunity to play and see what the new managers plans are back up there.”
And following Southend’s early exit from the League Cup, Belford is turning his attentions straight away to Saturday’s npower League Two opener with Accrington Stanley at Roots Hall.
“We have got to bounce back quickly now and we have got the lads in the dressing room to do that,” he said.
“It is not a great result for us against Peterborough. The lads know in the dressing room that we have been off it and we have got to put right now with three days to prepare properly for the Accrington game at home
“Although a cup run is nice the league is the bread and butter and that is what we are going to be concentrating on now.”