Southend United have signed David Stockdale on an emergency loan from Birmingham City.
The experienced goalkeeper has been drafted in ahead of today’s game against Sky Bet League One leaders Peterborough United.
Stockdale has not featured for the Championship side this season but boasts an impressive CV which includes being called into the England squad back in 2011.
The 32-year-old began his career at York City before joining Darlington where he was scouted by Premier League clubs for his impressive performances in the 2007/08 campaign as he went on to win the club’s Player of the Year award.
Fulham had an offer accepted in 2008 and Stockdale spent six years at Craven Cottage which included loan spells at Rotherham, Leicester – where he was roommates with Chris Powell - Plymouth, Ipswich and Hull - where he won promotion to the Premier League.
Fabio Capello was impressed enough in 2011 to call him into his 25-man squad for a game against Denmark and a year later he earned more recognition ahead of a Euro 2012 Qualifier against Switzerland, but he had to withdraw.
In the 2013/14 season Stockdale made 26 appearances for the Cottagers before departing for Brighton & Hove Albion at the end of the campaign, singing a three-year deal at the Amex.
In his final year the shot stopper was influential in the Seagulls winning promotion to the Premier League, keeping 20 clean sheets and also being named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year.
Stockdale moved to Birmingham last year and played 39 games but hasn’t featured for Gary Monk’s side at the start of this season.
He will wear the number 35 shirt and is available to start against Peterborough this afternoon.