Morecambe snap up former West Ham United and Southend United defender

Former Scotland U21 international Stephen Hendrie has become Morecambe’s first summer signing after agreeing a one-year deal with the club.

By Gavin Browne
Saturday, 1st August 2020, 1:45 pm
Updated Saturday, 1st August 2020, 1:48 pm
Stephen Hendrie is Morecambe's first summer signing
Stephen Hendrie is Morecambe's first summer signing

The 25-year-old, who predominantly plays as a left-back, began his career with Hamilton Academical before joining West Ham United five years ago for a reported £1m.

He spent two years with the Hammers, taking in loan spells with Southend United and Blackburn Rovers, before joining Southend permanently in 2017.

That stay included another loan move, this time to Motherwell, before eventually leaving the club last year for a 12-month spell with Kilmarnock.

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Hendrie told the club website: “I’m really happy that everything has been sorted, and after lockdown and four months without football, I can’t wait to get going.

“I played a lot of games early in my career but the last few years has seen things come to a bit of a stall and I’m really happy to be at Morecambe and looking forward to playing football again.”

Hendrie is the first of the eight signings targeted by Shrimps’ boss Derek Adams as he seeks to build a squad capable of escaping the lower reaches of League Two in 2020/21.

Adams added: “Stephen has a lot of experience at a good level and went to West Ham for £1m earlier in his career.

“He will give us competition in our defence and will strengthen us on the left-hand side of the pitch, He is a good fit for us.”