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BLUES SIGN CARDWELL!

20 January 2022

Blues are delighted to announce the signing of Harry Cardwell from Chorley for an undisclosed fee.

The 25-year-old striker has penned a two-and-a-half-year deal and could make his debut on Friday night against King’s Lynn Town.

A former Scotland U21 international, Cardwell began his career in the youth system at his hometown club, Hull City, before joining Reading’s Academy at the age of 16.

In 2017, after five years with the Royals, Cardwell moved back up north to join Grimsby Town on a permanent deal and went on to make 53 appearances in the Football League for the Mariners before signing for Chorley in 2020.

The 6ft 3 striker was instrumental in the Magpies’ historic FA Cup run last season, also scoring the equaliser in the 3-2 comeback win away at Wigan Athletic.

Cardwell then spent the second half of last season on loan at Stockport County following the curtailment of the National League North, featuring 19 times and grabbing six goals as the Hatters fell short in the National League play-offs.

After completing his move to the club, Cardwell sat down with Blues TV at the Holiday Inn based at Southend Airport and revealed Kevin Maher was pivotal in the move.

"This is a massive club and I’m really looking forward to getting started, training with the lads and then representing the club on the pitch,” he said. "I’m over the moon to get it over the line.

"The manager was great in the conversations we had leading up to getting everything agreed.

"He spoke really well about the club and his aspirations, how he saw me fitting in, the way he wants to play and getting the club moving forward again, so that really convinced me. I’m delighted to be on board.”

Southend fans could get a first glimpse of their new striker at Roots Hall tomorrow night.

This season he has hit good form, scoring seven and getting four assists in 14 games, taking to his total tally to 11 goals and seven assists in 35 games for Chorley.

Cardwell offered an insight into the striker he sees himself as.

"I’m predominantly an old-fashioned number nine, someone who gets in behind teams and gets in the box, can link up the play and bring others into the game. Hopefully I can add a few goals to that too.

"Any centre forward wants their name on the scoresheet, that’s the predominant thing that strikers are judged on. That’s something I’m hungry to do and I’m fully aware of.”

And he was keen to thank his thanks to his former club for giving him the platform to develop and improve.

"It was a really good standard at Chorley and I can’t speak highly enough of the people there.

"I really enjoyed my time [at Chorley] and it was a springboard for me to climb back up the leagues, which I’m hoping I can do with Southend United now.”

CEO Tom Lawrence added: "I'm delighted that we have been able to beat off stiff competition from other clubs to secure Harry's signature and I, like all Southend fans, look forward to seeing him show his quality on the pitch under the guidance of the coaching team."

Welcome to Blues, Harry!

Want to sponsor Harry’s home or away kit (number 39) for the remainder of the season? Call commercial for more details on 01702 304136.


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