Marc Laird signs permanent deal with Southend United

4 Jan

SCOTTISH midfielder Marc Laird will remain at Southend for the next 18 months after signing permanently with the Shrimpers this morning.
Laird, 26, signed on loan from Leyton Orient in October and started 15 matches for Southend, scoring twice. His form coincided with an upturn in the team’s fortunes, seeing them shoot up from mid table to 4th place in late December.
The combative, box-to-box player joined Orient from Millwall 18 months ago but failed to hold down a place in Russell Slade’s side. The Londoners agreed to release Laird from his contract so he could join Blues on a permanent basis.
Laird will be eligible to take to the field for tomorrow’s match with Brentford at Roots Hall despite sustaining a broken tooth after being elbowed in the face by a Gillingham player on Tuesday. However, he is cup tied for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy fixture at Oxford on Tuesday.


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