MOTHERWELL have signed Southend United left-back Stephen Hendrie on loan until the end of the season.

The Scotland Under-21 internationalist could make his debut as soon as tonight when Stephen Robinson's side travel to Hibernian in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

Glasgow-born Hendrie joined League One outfit Southend from West Ham in the summer and has made 15 appearances for the club this season.

The 23-year-old joined the London giants from Hamilton Accies in 2015 after playing 118 games for the New Douglas Park side and told Motherwell's official website that he is looking forward to returning to Lanarkshire.

“I’m relishing the challenge of getting some game time up here,” he said.

“I played up here in the league for a good number of years and then went down south, got a good bit of experience and now come back up here ready to get more games under my belt and kick on.”

Manager Stephen Robinson said: “We have been in the market for more options at left back throughout the window, so we are delighted to land Stephen on loan for the rest of the season.

“With Steven Hammell’s retirement and long-term injury to Ellis Plummer, it increased the need to bring someone in.

“Despite his young age, Stephen alerady has great experience in Scotland and has also learned from being at top clubs down south.”