Hendrie joins Southend on temporary deal

  • by Staff Writer
  • Friday, 15th January 2016

West Ham United's reserve defender Stephen Hendrie has joined League One Southend United on a month's loan.

The former Hamilton full back cost West Ham ?1million when moving south at the end of last season but has failed to break into Slaven Bilic's first team set-up.

And it was confirmed this afternoon that Hendrie has become the latest Hammer to make the short journey down the A13 in order to join the Shrimpers.

"I'm absolutely delighted," said Southend boss Phil Brown. "He comes here making his English debut, having not played first team football since he left Hamilton Academical.

"I spoke to his former manager, Alex Neil, last night about him, to ask about the type character we're bringing in. He says he's a solid character, reliable, got bags of energy and probably his biggest asset will be his legs, as he can run all day.

"He brings a lovely left foot to the party, as Ben Coker does, so he's got a great opportunity to get his career going in England at Southend United."

Hendrie speaking after West Ham's 3-2 win at Roots Hall in July 2015. Pic: KUMB Archive.

Speaking about his temporary switch, Hendrie - who featured for West Ham in their pre-season friendly win at Southend last July - added: "I'm just happy to be here, get some games under my belt and fire us up the league."

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