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4 January 2022

Southend United are delighted to announce the signing of midfielder Harrison Neal on loan from Sheffield United until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old has spent time out on loan at National League North side Kettering Town this season.

Neal, who was on the scoresheet for the Poppies in their 3-1 win over Brackley Town on Sunday, is described as a ball playing midfielder.

Head coach Kevin Maher is pleased to bolster his midfield options with Harrison's arrival from the Championship side.

"We’ve had a couple of injuries and a couple of people missing in midfield on top of that.

"Harrison’s a great character and everything we’ve found out about him, speaking to those at Sheffield United, from what Darren [Currie] knows about him and from what we've watched of him, there was nothing but good things.

"He’s been playing for Kettering on a regular basis and done ever so well for them, in a tough league as well, so that’s a bonus that he’s ready to hit the ground running.

"I’m really pleased to get him in and I’m sure he’ll be great for us, the type of character he is and how he goes about his business on the pitch."

Maher was grateful for Sheffield United loaning another one of their young players.

"They have been brilliant to deal with," he added.

"Paul Heckingbottom and Jack Lester have been first class with us and to have that relationship is great. Darren knows them well, so it’s a good relationship that we have, both ways."

Welcome to Blues, Harrison!

Harrison’s home and away kit sponsorship - number 21 - is available for the remainder of the season. Interested? Call commercial for more details on 01702 304136.

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