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Kiernan: Make the most of loan chance

16 October 2013

Defender looking forward to loan spell with Blues

Rob Kiernan is looking forward to getting back into first-team action following his move to Blues on loan from Wigan Athletic.

The defender says every young player at bigger clubs should look to at going out on loan to aid their development.

And having already enjoyed spells at seven other clubs, he’s now looking forward to his three months with Blues.

Speaking exclusively to the club’s official website, Kiernan said: “I spoke with Owen Coyle and he was very honest with me.

“He said that I have got the ability to play for Wigan but that his other defensive options had the edge over me in terms of experience at this time.

“I understood that and felt it would be best for me to get out on loan again and Southend became available.

“I believe the loan system works really well because younger players can go out, learn their trade and then go back to their parent clubs a better player.

“I’ve not really had a settled loan spell, it has usually been month to month both at Watford and at Wigan, but I’m really looking forward to playing as much as possible during my time with Southend.

Kiernan is hopeful he can keep his place in the side following Saturday’s win at Burton for the visit of Fleetwood Town on Friday night.

“I thought we did well at Burton and deserved to get the three points, even though we left it late,” he said.

“As a defender you always want to keep a clean sheet so that was a big bonus for me.

“I enjoyed playing alongside Mark Phillips. He’s an experienced defender and we seemed to work well together.

“Hopefully I did enough in that game to keep my place for Friday night against Fleetwood.

“They have been tipped as one of the top sides in this division and are showing it at the moment, but hopefully we can come away with the three points.”

Kiernan was on the winning side once and the losing side once at Roots Hall last season, and he remembers the atmosphere well.

He said: “The fans are quite close to the pitch and that creates a loud environment which makes it tough for away teams.

“I won there with Burton and then lost there with Brentford, but I’m looking forward to making my first home appearance for Southend there on Friday night.”

An exclusive interview with Blues’ newest signing is available only on Blues Player, while an in-depth feature on Kiernan will be in Tuesday night’s matchday programme against Dagenham & Redbridge.

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