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ONE IN, TWO OUT

Posted on: Fri 16 Mar 2012

It is one in and two out at Roots Hall this afternoon ahead of Saturday's match against Hereford United.

Southend United have this afternoon signed 38-yeard-old defender Christian Dailly on non-contract terms.

Scotsman Dailly has been training with the Blues squad in recent weeks as he recovered from a knee injury.

The former Rangers man played in Tuesday's 1-0 reserve team win against Oxford United in an unorthodox right-wing role.

And now Dailly has linked up with the man who gave him his professional debut, manager Paul Sturrock, as a 16-year-old with Dundee United.

Dailly went on to make 143 appearances for the Arabs before enjoy spells at Derby County, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United, Rangers and Charlton Athletic.

Speaking yesterday boss Sturrock said Dailly was not your typical 38-year-old professional: "When it comes to running drills he can race away from most of our players and the reserve game proved that he's really looked after himself.

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"He's also someone I know very well having given him his debut at Dundee United when he was only 16.

"But if we do decide to sign him then I don't want supporters to think we're bringing in a 38-year-old who is past it because that certainly wouldn't be the case."

Dailly will wear the number 36 shirt and will be available for Saturday's match at Hereford United.

Meanwhile, centre-back Pat Baldwin will move out on loan until the end of the season to npower League One side Exeter City.

Baldwin, 29, arrived at Roots Hall at the end of the January transfer window after he signed a contract until the end of the season on a free transfer from Colchester United.

During his six weeks at United his appearances were restricted to just two starts against Swindon Town and Plymouth Argyle.

Finally, midfielder Merrick James-Lewis has joined Ryman Premier side Carshalton Athletic on a one-month loan deal.

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