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Loanee eyeing successful spell

15 October 2012

Loan signing Jonson Clarke-Harris hopes to use his time at the Blues as effectively as fellow loanee Britt Assombalonga.

Clarke-Harris made his debut as a substitute in Saturday’s 3-0 win at Rotherham United after completing his one-month loan move from Peterborough United on Friday. 

And the 18-year-old hopes to replicate Assombalonga’s form during his own spell. 

“I bet when Britt goes back to Watford he is going to be flying for a spot there so hopefully I can do the same,” Clarke-Harris told the official website. 

“I have been playing for the reserves with Peterborough and been on the bench a couple of times this year. 

“But I want to be playing week in week out so hopefully I can come to Southend, get some experience, and then go back. That would be brilliant for me.” 

Clarke-Harris completed the move to link up with Paul Sturrock’s side on Friday morning. 

And with the team already on route to Rotherham ahead of Saturday’s match they diverted by Peterborough to collect their latest recruit. 

“I got a late call on Thursday and was told that a loan move is there if I wanted it,” he said. 

“I thought about it and decided to come. Everyone else at Peterborough had the weekend off because of the international break but I felt that at this point with my career I need to go and get some games, experience and goals. 

“I got on the coach at Peterborough services and then we went up to the hotel and I got to speak properly with the other lads. 

“I was chucked straight in at the deep end but I am a nice character so I can fit in well with anyone. 

“You don’t know what everyone’s reaction will be but I will be myself.” 

After starting his career at Coventry City, Clarke-Harris, went on to become the Sky Blues youngster ever debutant when he made a substitute appearance in a 2-0 League Cup defeat at Morecambe. 

A striker or left winger, he also made an appearance at left-back in a recent reserve match, and after experiencing the rough and tumble of League Two football on Saturday he confirmed he is happiest up front. 

“I prefer to play upfront but if I have to play in another position then I will,” he admitted. 

“I wont have a bad attitude about it as along as I am playing I am happy. 

“Saturday was a great result for the lads. They like to play football and work the wing, which is something that will suit me well. 

“League Two seems very physical. You will have to fight to get out of this division but I’m ready to help to do that.”

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