Birmingham City goalkeeper David Stockdale has today completed a loan move to League One side Southen United, announced the club’s official website.
The out of favour goalkeeper has been expected to leave the club all summer after being told by Garry Monk that he was not in his plans but a move could never be agreed, despite repeated interest from Leeds United who eventually opted to take Jamal Blackman on loan.
But the ‘keeper has had to drop down to League One on an emergency loan to the Essex club initially joining on a seven-day rolling loan.
The Shrimpers are currently without their first choice shot-stopper Mark Oxley after he was sent off for violent conduct during a mass brawl in the closing stages of last weekend’s loss to Charlton Athletic.
Nathan Bishop is the only available goalkeeper available to Chris Powell with second choice Ted Smith still sidelined with a long-term shoulder problem.
The goalkeeping problems at St Andrew’s have led to third choice shot-stopper Lee Camp starting in goal, but the former Nottingham Forest ‘keeper has been incredibly error-prone in the opening games of the season and many fans have been calling for Stockdale to be recalled.
This all feels incredibly disappointing from Stockdale’s point of view, and that is not me having a go at Southend.
But going from being linked to the likes of Leeds at the start of the summer to being loaned out to a mid-table League One side is a fall from grace however you look at it.
That said, he is a terrific signing by Chris Powell and will be a big help over the period of Oxley’s suspension.