Blues bring in Premier League left-back following Coker injurySouthend United are delighted to announce the signing of Stephen Hendrie from West Ham United, on a 31 day loan deal.
The left-back will immediately link up with Phil Brown’s side ahead of the game at Peterborough United on Saturday.
Hendrie who is a Scotland Under-21 international, was signed by the Hammers last summer from SPL side Hamilton Academical.
The young defender was the latest youth prospect to move south of the border from Hamilton; following in the footsteps of James McCarthy and James McArthur, who both play in the Premier League for Everton and Crystal Palace respectively.
In the latest part of his development, West Ham have looked to send Hendrie out on loan, and Southend, currently short of left-back cover after the injury to Ben Coker have moved quickly to secure the deal.
The Scot was born in Glasgow, and made his debut for Hamilton in 2011, aged just 16 in a Scottish League Cup tie against Queen’s Park.
The 21 year-old went on to make over 100 appearances for Academical, and was a key part of the side that sealed promotion to the Scottish top-flight in May 2014.
Hendrie continued his impressive form in the SPL, catching the eye of West Ham, who persuaded the player to sign a pre-contract with the East London outfit in January 2015, linking up with them the following summer.
The defender, who trained with the squad for the first time today, spoke exclusively to Blues Player, and said he was delighted with the move and is settling in well.
“So far it’s been great, the boys have introduced themselves to me well.
“I’m just happy to be here, and get some games under my belt and fire us up the league”.
Southend Manager, Phil Brown, shared in Hendrie’s pleasure in getting the deal over the line, especially in the absence of injured full-back Ben Coker.
“I’m absolutely delighted.” Brown said.
“He comes here making his English debut, having not played first team football since he left Hamilton Academical.
“I spoke to his former manager, Alex Neil, last night about him, to ask about the type character we’re bringing in.
“He says he’s a solid character, reliable, got bags of energy and probably his biggest asset will be his legs, as he can run all day.
“He brings a lovely left foot to the party, as Ben Coker does, so he’s got a great opportunity to get his career going in England at Southend United.”
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