Blues announce double defensive loan signing

Southend United have bolstered their ranks with the double loan signings of Kenny Clark and Joe Gubbins from Dagenham & Redbridge and Queen’s Park Rangers respectively.

Thirty-three-year-old defender, Clark has gleaned a wealth of experience in the non-league game with Dagenham, Thurrock, Chelmsford City, Dartford and Ebbsfleet United before again linking up with the Daggers in 2018, making more than 100 appearances for the Victoria Road outfit.

Southend United have signed experienced defender, Kenny Clark on a loan deal from Dagenham & Redbridge (Kieran Galvin ActionFotoSport)

“We’re delighted to bring Kenny in,” boss, Kevin Maher enthused.

“He has got loads of experience at the level, good leadership qualities and with what we’ve lost in terms of Ralphy and Kacper we were very young at the back so needed someone with great knowledge. He fits that bill.

“He’s someone suited to playing in a three so that’s a possibility, he’s done that for Dagenham this season so we can look at that. He wouldn’t be averse to it.

“You know exactly what he can bring to the team, and we can trust him straight away in terms of knowing the job, knowing the level and talking to others around him.”

Meanwhile, twenty-year-old defender, Gubbins has appeared twice in the R’s first team since linking up with the club from Southampton.

The player has spent similar spells at Oxford City and Aldershot Town: “Being a left-footed centre half he can bring that balance that we have lost with Ralphy injured and ruled out for six weeks,” Maher added.

Joe Gubbins has joined Southend United on loan from Queen’s Park Rangers (Picture courtesy of Southend United Media)

“He’s someone who’s got a great left foot, he’s played at the level albeit for a brief period and he’s got great potential.

“We’re looking forward to him coming into the squad alongside Kenny.

“With the players we’ve lost it meant we wanted to add a couple in that area. We want to keep pushing and finish the season strong by winning as many games as we can.

“I’m pleased we’ve been able to sign two and I’m grateful to the club for allowing us to do that.”

Both players will remain at Roots Hall Stadium until the end of the current campaign and are available for the Blues trip to Yeovil Town on Saturday (3pm).

Brian Jeeves

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