Blackburn Rovers have announced that defender Sam Hart has joined League One side Southend United on loan for the rest of this year’s campaign.
Hart spent the first-half of this season on loan at Rochdale, where he went on to make 13 appearances in total for the League One side.
The 22-year-old first signed for Blackburn in August 2017, when he penned a two-year-deal having signed from Liverpool, but he has failed to breakthrough to the first-team at Blackburn yet.
But the defender will be hoping to get regular game time under his belt with Southend for the remainder of this season, and if he impresses, he could provide Rovers boss Tony Mowbray with a selection dilemma when he returns in the summer.
Southend boss Chris Powell was pleased to strike a loan deal to bring Hart to the club, and was full of praise for the full-back in an interview with Southend’s official website:
“He’s a player that catches the eye and is very forceful from left back. He loves a tackle, he’s got good height and can definitely go forward.
“I’ve spoken to Tony Mowbray about him and he said he came back from his last loan experience a different player and they see him as one for the future. We hope to help him and that he can help us for the rest of the season.”
Hart could be in line to make his debut for Powell’s side when Southend take on Bradford City at Valley Parade on Saturday.
This is the ideal move both parties involved.
Hart isn’t going to be getting anywhere near enough first-team experience with Blackburn this season, and he’ll be hoping to make a good impression out on loan with Southend.
If he can prove himself with the Essex-based side, then he could come back to Ewood Park and make an impact next season.
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