Southend United are delighted to announce the arrival of Sam Hart on loan from Blackburn Rovers.
The 22-year-old left-back, who signed a two-year deal at Rovers from Liverpool in August 2017 having been at the Merseyside club since the age of 16, will spend the remainder of the 2018/19 season at Roots Hall.
Hart has spent time out on loan in League One this season with Rochdale where he impressed in 13 appearances.
And speaking after putting pen to paper, Hart said he’s pleased to have joined Blues.
“I’m buzzing to be here and I'm ready to kick on and get started," said Hart.
“I was with Blackburn in League One last season as well as Rochdale so I’ve seen it for a couple of years now, I’ve played in it and hopefully I can kick on.
“It was invaluable for me to go there [to Rochdale] and learn. I’ve done that now and I’m happy to carry on learning here.
“I want to try and play as many games as possible and do well for the team, that’s what any footballer wants to do.”
On the arrival of his first signing on the January window, Chris Powell said: “It’s been bubbling for a while. Sam’s got experience of going out on loan already at Port Vale and Rochdale which I always think is very good.
"We were close to getting it done last week but it’s been ratified now and we’re really pleased.
“He’s a player that catches the eye and is very forceful from left back. He loves a tackle, he’s got good height and can definitely go forward.
“I’ve spoken to Tony Mowbray about him and he said he came back from his last loan experience a different player and they see him as one for the future. We hope to help him and that he can help us for the rest of the season.”
Hart has been assigned the number 42 shirt for his loan spell.