Southend United have completed the loan signing of striker Lee Barnard from Premier League side Southampton
Southend United Football Club is delighted to announce striker Lee Barnard has rejoined the club on a loan deal from Premier League side Southampton until the end of the season, with a view to a permanent transfer in the summer.
The 29-year-old, who initially joined Blues six years ago on Saturday, will be available for Saturday’s game against Hull City in the FA Cup fourth round.
Barnard, who scored 37 league goals in 75 matches during two years at Roots Hall, went on to score 23 times in 62 league appearances for the Saints.
The 29-year-old, who began his career with Tottenham Hotspur, will be available for Saturday’s game against Hull City in the FA Cup fourth round.
Barnard almost joined Blues in September but the striker picked up a slight knock and the deal was put on hold until now.
Last season the striker spent time with Bournemouth, scoring four goals for the club in the league before a positive second-half of last season on loan at League 1 side Oldham.
After struggling to break into the first team at Tottenham Hotspur on a regular basis at the start of his career, Barnard was loaned out to Exeter City, Stevenage, Leyton Orient, Northampton Town and Crewe Alexandra.
Barnard joined Blues in January 2008 and his debut for the club came against Barnsley in the FA Cup – the last time, before Saturday’s game with Hull City, we had reached the fourth round of the competition.
Manager Phil Brown said: “It’s great news that we’ve managed to bring Lee to the football club, I’m sure he can make a good impression.
“He obviously did very well for the club when he was here originally, and hopefully he can have more success in front of goal as he did then.
“Lee hasn’t played much first-team football so far this season but did well during two loan spells in League 1 last season.
“We’ve got some very important games coming up and I felt it was key that we added another striker to our ranks.”
Chief Executive Steve Kavanagh said: “I’d like to thank Southampton for their help in getting this deal over the line.
“Things haven’t been easy at St Mary’s in recent weeks but they have been fantastic to deal with throughout.
“We’re delighted to have been able to get Lee back to Roots Hall. It almost happened in September before he picked up a slight knock.
“But he’s back now, and we’re very pleased to have him as part of our squad as we look to seal promotion to League 1.”
Lee will wear the number 39 shirt during his loan spell.
An exclusive interview with a new signing can be found on Blues Player.