Southend United want Watford defender Adam Thompson on permanent deal

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Southend United have held talks with Watford over signing Adam Thompson permanently.

Thompson, whose Hornets deal expires in the summer, has made 11 appearances for The Shrimpers since he joined the club on loan in the summer.

The 21-year-old's loan deal at the League Two club came to an end after Saturday's 4-1 FA Cup win over Millwall.

But Southend boss Phil Brown is keen to extend the Northern Ireland international's stay, ideally on a permanent deal.

"We’ve spoken to Watford and also to Adam and we want him to stay with us," Brown told the Southend Echo.

"We’re actually looking at getting something done that would keep him here beyond the end of the season because his contract is up at Watford then and we want to try to get it sorted.

"I put him back in to the team against Millwall and asked him to prove a point which he certainly did because he was very impressive back there."

Thompson broke into the Watford team as a 17-year-old under Malky Mackay whilst still a second-year scholar.

He made 11 appearances for the Hornets during the second half of the 2010/11 season before spending most of the following campaign at Brentford during two spells, when he made 22 outings.

Thompson began last season at Watford, starting in the League Cup defeat to Bradford City, before an unsuccessful two-match stint at Wycombe Wanderers, who sacked Gary Waddock during the Hornets academy graduate's stay at Adams Park.

Two more Watford run-outs followed before injury ended a loan spell at League Two Barnet after just one appearance.

Gianfranco Zola gave Thompson another two substitute outings before the end of last season but the young defender was not given a squad number in the summer.

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3:01pm Mon 6 Jan 14

andyhooked says...

Bit of a shame. I liked Adam. If his contract is up then I suppose time for him to move on given that we are now an "importing" club.
Bit of a shame. I liked Adam. If his contract is up then I suppose time for him to move on given that we are now an "importing" club. andyhooked

3:21pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

Good luck Adam - hope you get the move and will be interesting to see how your career develops from here.
Good luck Adam - hope you get the move and will be interesting to see how your career develops from here. Mickey Quinn, not so thin

3:56pm Mon 6 Jan 14

gloryhornet4 says...

Nothing says you are not loved like no squad number. Shame as he has ability.
Nothing says you are not loved like no squad number. Shame as he has ability. gloryhornet4

4:21pm Mon 6 Jan 14

The BestTrip2011 says...

We let Assombalonga go a bit too easily for my liking. I hope we're not going to regret selling Adam Thompson. He has huge potential.
We let Assombalonga go a bit too easily for my liking. I hope we're not going to regret selling Adam Thompson. He has huge potential. The BestTrip2011

4:48pm Mon 6 Jan 14

cliff46 says...

I liked him very much and was convinced he would eventually become a firm favourite, . Although he played full back I thought that with experience he would also become a decent centre half.
As the Pozzo's develop young players I would have thought the was worth another 12/18 month contract.
I guess I was wrong because he hasn't exactly set the world alight when out on loan.
I liked him very much and was convinced he would eventually become a firm favourite, . Although he played full back I thought that with experience he would also become a decent centre half. As the Pozzo's develop young players I would have thought the was worth another 12/18 month contract. I guess I was wrong because he hasn't exactly set the world alight when out on loan. cliff46

7:45pm Mon 6 Jan 14

mickallen57 says...

cliff46 wrote:
I liked him very much and was convinced he would eventually become a firm favourite, . Although he played full back I thought that with experience he would also become a decent centre half.
As the Pozzo's develop young players I would have thought the was worth another 12/18 month contract.
I guess I was wrong because he hasn't exactly set the world alight when out on loan.
Bang on Cliff, wonder how he would have developed if Malky had stayed. I wish him well. COYH
[quote][p][bold]cliff46[/bold] wrote: I liked him very much and was convinced he would eventually become a firm favourite, . Although he played full back I thought that with experience he would also become a decent centre half. As the Pozzo's develop young players I would have thought the was worth another 12/18 month contract. I guess I was wrong because he hasn't exactly set the world alight when out on loan.[/p][/quote]Bang on Cliff, wonder how he would have developed if Malky had stayed. I wish him well. COYH mickallen57

10:19pm Mon 6 Jan 14

croxley46 says...

Where's Ross Jenkins these days by the way?
Don't think he was given a squad number either.
Where's Ross Jenkins these days by the way? Don't think he was given a squad number either. croxley46

9:42am Tue 7 Jan 14

bushey tales says...

The ever-accurate, meticulously maintained WFC website lists Ross Jenkins as being 6ft 3in and 13st 3lbs so I think we can safely assume he's been away on an intensive body-building course. Surely the club can't have mistaken him for an earlier version?
The ever-accurate, meticulously maintained WFC website lists Ross Jenkins as being 6ft 3in and 13st 3lbs so I think we can safely assume he's been away on an intensive body-building course. Surely the club can't have mistaken him for an earlier version? bushey tales

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