Updated: Lee Barnard rejoins Southend United on loan until the end of the season

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LEE BARNARD has returned to Southend United on loan from Southampton until the end of the season.

The 29-year-old striker scored 37 goals in 85 starts during his initial spell with the Shrimpers which ended in January 2010.

And Blues boss Phil Brown is thrilled to have brought the forward back to the club.

“It’s great news that we’ve managed to bring Lee to the football club and I’m sure he can make a good impression,” said Brown.

“He obviously did very well for the club when he was here originally and hopefully he can have more success in front of goal as he did then.

“Lee hasn’t played much first-team football so far this season but did well during two loan spells in League One last year.

“We’ve got some very important games coming up and I felt it was key that we added another striker to our ranks.”

Billericay based Barnard is free to make his debut in the fourth round of the FA Cup against Hull City tomorrow.

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2:37pm Fri 24 Jan 14

JoeBlogs2 says...

quality signing

Welcome back Lee :-)
quality signing Welcome back Lee :-) JoeBlogs2

2:39pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Southend Andy says...

Fantastic signing,
Fantastic signing, Southend Andy

3:55pm Fri 24 Jan 14

TheEssexWay says...

Good move there Phil Brown, he's certainly a goalscorer and ideal to bring on as sub tomorrow if we need a goal, as Woodrow although OK hasn't scored that much and is a bit lightweight when compared to Barnard who gets stuck in. Come on the Blues, we can beat that lot!! Looking forward to this one.
Good move there Phil Brown, he's certainly a goalscorer and ideal to bring on as sub tomorrow if we need a goal, as Woodrow although OK hasn't scored that much and is a bit lightweight when compared to Barnard who gets stuck in. Come on the Blues, we can beat that lot!! Looking forward to this one. TheEssexWay

11:30pm Fri 24 Jan 14

gary 51 says...

You are joking, quality signing perhaps he may have BUPA on his shirt as sponsors, sick note returns
You are joking, quality signing perhaps he may have BUPA on his shirt as sponsors, sick note returns gary 51

11:34pm Fri 24 Jan 14

gary 51 says...

Is Ron spending the FA Cup money on hospitalized players rather than doing up his properties, why not get rid of some of the debt and get rid of the transfer embargo!!!
Is Ron spending the FA Cup money on hospitalized players rather than doing up his properties, why not get rid of some of the debt and get rid of the transfer embargo!!! gary 51

12:46am Sat 25 Jan 14

Seasider90 says...

Bunch of moaners on here. Barnard is just what we need for the next stage of the promotion push. Quality player who will get goals.
Bunch of moaners on here. Barnard is just what we need for the next stage of the promotion push. Quality player who will get goals. Seasider90

10:02am Sat 25 Jan 14

Southend Andy says...

Some people wouldn't be happy if we signed Messi, Rooney & Walcott!
Some people wouldn't be happy if we signed Messi, Rooney & Walcott! Southend Andy

11:29am Sat 25 Jan 14

lucy10 says...

Southend Andy wrote:
Some people wouldn't be happy if we signed Messi, Rooney & Walcott!
who want them.
[quote][p][bold]Southend Andy[/bold] wrote: Some people wouldn't be happy if we signed Messi, Rooney & Walcott![/p][/quote]who want them. lucy10
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