By Brian Jeeves
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE outfit, Southend United, have announced the signing of former West Ham United defender Stephen Hendrie following his release from the London Stadium club.
Hendrie, who previously enjoyed a loan spell at Roots Hall during the 2015/16 campaign, arrives on a two-year contract with the option of a further year.
Previously, the Scottish Under 21 international made more than 100 appearances for Hamilton Academicals, before heading to West Ham for a one million pound fee. However, the 22-year-old struggled to break into the Hammers first team and was subsequently loaned to both the Blues and Blackburn Rovers.
Speaking to Southend United’s official website, Hendrie said “I’m buzzing to be back, I came here on loan for a short spell and it’s a great club, I can’t wait to start playing.
“I enjoyed my spell here last time and last season I kept a lookout on the results and it was frustrating to just miss out on the play-offs, I can’t wait for the season ahead and hopefully we can go one step further.
“I’m glad it’s all sorted ahead of the start of pre-season, I’m looking forward to getting fit, meet all the boys and get going again.”
Meanwhile, Blues are reportedly interested in signing former Hull City and Norwich City defender, Michael Turner, who was released by the Carrow Road club at the end of the last campaign.