Chris Powell was over the moon to be able to draft in David Stockdale on an emergency loan.
The former Fulham goalkeeper is on loan from Birmingham City for an initial seven days and is available for today’s clash with Peterborough United.
And the Blues boss said it was an important move to make.
“It’s just fantastic for us to have a goalkeeper of David’s calibre with us for a short period,” said Powell. “He was so keen to come.
“I made a bit of a cheeky enquiry but I looked at the situation he was in at Birmingham, and he’s a keeper I’ve known for a long time and even shared a room with when I in my last year or two as a player and he was on loan at Leicester, so I’ve always kept my eye on him.
“He’s had a good career, been in England squads, won promotion with Brighton, so it took me all of Wednesday and Thursday really to try and get it over the line, but we’re really pleased that he’s been able to join us.
“It helps us out in a tricky situation because I didn’t want to heap all the pressure on Nathan [Bishop], who we feel is going to be a very good goalkeeper, but we just can’t be caught out in this present time in the season.”
Even though he’s had just the one training session, Powell believe Stockdale is capable of stepping in with such little time to settle.
“Knowing David’s character and personality he will take that all in his stride,” Powell added.
“He was walking around in training on Friday with the boys as if he had been here quite a while and he showed his quality in just an hour of training.
“He is a really good goalkeeper, but we’ve taken advantage of a tricky situation for him at Birmingham and he’s very pleased to be preparing and looking forward to playing for Southend United.”