Southend United are delighted to announce the return of Sam Hart to Roots Hall on a permanent deal.
The left-back, who spent the second half of the 2018/19 season on loan at Blues making 18 appearances, has signed a deal until the end of the season.
The 24-year-old grabbed three assists and formed a strong bond with the Blues supporters for his committed displays during a short spell.
A former Liverpool trainee, Hart made the switch to Blackburn Rovers in August 2017.
Loans to Port Vale, Rochdale twice and Shrewsbury as well as Blues have given Hart good experience of first team football, and after becoming a free agent in the summer following his release from Rovers, when the opportunity to rejoin Southend came about he jumped at the chance.
"It’s great to be back," he said. "I’ve been in training for a few days now and have got a feel for it. It’s amazing to be back.
"I’ve got a lot of fond memories being here on loan in the past and hopefully we can create something special again.
"I had a couple of things that fell through but from the conversations I had with the Chairman and the Manager, I was really keen to get down here and get playing.
"I loved my time at Southend and hopefully there’s good memories to come again."
Hart adds necessary cover in light of Nathan Ralph’s long term injury. Tom Clifford continues to do well but it was felt Blues needed additional strength down the left.
And Manager Mark Molesley was thrilled to complete a deal to bring in the attack-minded full back.
"Sam has been in training the last couple of weeks and we’ve seen the quality he will add," said Molesley.
"He’s at a good age where the best is still to come but he adds good experience having played in the league above.
"He’s had a good football education growing up and has all the attributes to continue to develop.
"I know he really enjoyed his last spell at the club and he was really keen to come back. We’re really pleased to have him on board and look forward to working and developing him as a player."