Southend sign Lund from Stoke on a month-long loan

The League Two side have confirmed they have snapped up the 22-year-old midfielder on a one-month deal, and he could make his debut against Northampton Town on Saturday.

Stoke midfielder Matthew Lund has joined Southend on a month-long loan, the League Two club have confirmed.

The midfielder, who signed from Crewe Alexandra in 2009, is yet to make his first team appearance for the Potters, and was loaned out to Bristol Rovers for the second time earlier this season, scoring two goals in 20 appearances.

Lund, who joined Stoke in 2009, has signed for the club from Essex until March 16 and joins as Paul Sturrock’s men sit ninth in the table, just two points clear of the play-off places.

The 22-year-old, who also had previous loan spells at Huddersfield Town and Oldham Athletic, has also represented Northern Ireland at Under-21 level.

“With the injury issues we have it was important that we had someone and I’m delighted to have Matthew,” Sturrock told reporters.

“He’s already played in Ligue 2 this season, including against us, and I’m sure that will help him settle here.”

“I didn’t want to put Matty in the 25-man squad because we’re looking to find a club for him,” Stoke boss Tony Pulis told the Potters’ official website.

“He’s a big boy here and he deserves to play.”

Lund is available to play in Southend’s clash with Northampton at Roots Hall on Saturday, as well as in their Football League South Trophy final showdown with Leyton Orient on Wednesday.

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