Blues bolster defensive ranks

Southend United have bolstered their defensive options with the loan signing of Tyler Cordner from Championship outfit, AFC Bournemouth.

The 22-year-old, who spent a similar spell at Scunthorpe United during the first half of the season, will remain at Roots Hall until the conclusion of the campaign. The player has also spent time with Havant & Waterlooville and Ebbsfleet United having signed his first pro-deal with the Cherries in 2017.

“I’m delighted to sign, I’ve had league experience already at Scunthorpe United and I want to come here and get some more games under my belt,” the Southampton-born player enthused.

“It moved quite quickly. I wasn’t actually planning on coming back from Scunthorpe, I was supposed to be staying there for the season, but Bournemouth recalled me. I’ve been back for three or four days now and I got a call from the loan manager on Sunday saying Southend are interested.

“Obviously I know the manager as well, so it was a no brainer for me and I’ve come straight up.”

“Southend is a massive club and really they shouldn’t be in this league and I think the main thing is we stay up and then hopefully next season they push on to get back to where they should be.

“I think the main thing coming here is to hopefully play games.
Cordner links up with Mark Molesley as well as Kyle Taylor and Shaun Hobson, all whom he has worked with at the Vitality Stadium: “It helps having those people here to support me but it’s not going to change how I want to play and how I should come in.

“I didn’t know until last night that I was coming here so I haven’t spoken to any of the lads I know already. I know Kyle really well and have grown up with him through the system.

“Shaun joined a bit later but I’ve played in partnership with him a number of times so we know each other in and out.

“I’m going to work hard to get in the team and if I do, I want to take my chance and hopefully we can push the club up the league.”

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Brian Jeeves

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