Baldwin eyes Colchester exit
Southend United's on-loan defender Pat Baldwin hopes to secure a permanent move away from Colchester United.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 02/02/10 8:05pm
Southend United's on-loan defender Pat Baldwin hopes to secure a permanent move away from parent club Colchester United after making an instant impact at Roots Hall.
The former Chelsea youngster made a decent early impression on the Shrimpers' faithful by scoring a last-gasp equaliser against Swindon on Saturday, which was only Baldwin's second goal of his seven-and-a-half year career to date.
However, after a move to Bristol Rovers collapsed last month, the tough-tackling centre-half concedes that his future at Colchester looks rather bleak.
"It isn't looking very good at the moment for me at Colchester," Baldwin told skysports.com.
"The fact that they were willing to let me leave permanently to join Bristol Rovers signalled their intentions really.
"I am pretty much surplus to requirements there, but that is just part and parcel of football and I am just glad to be out on loan again and continuing my career.
"For one reason or another, the move to Bristol Rovers collapsed, so when Southend offered me the chance to come out to them on loan I was delighted to make the move."
The 27-year-old rose highest to head home a last-minute equaliser in the Shrimpers' 2-2 draw with Swindon at the weekend, which completed a remarkable comeback as they were 2-0 down with five minutes to play, and Baldwin hopes he will impress whilst on loan at the Essex club.
He added: "I haven't scored many goals during my career, with Saturday's being just the second of my career, so it was nice to get it and hopefully it will settle me down with the fans.
"We finished the game very strongly and rescued a point in the end, so hopefully it will give us a bit of a boost as well."