Cameron Belford joins Southend on loan from Bury

Southend have signed goalkeeper Cameron Belford on loan for a month from Bury.

It is the 23-year-old's second loan spell at Roots Hall, having previously joined them for three months in March.

Southend boss Paul Sturrock has urgently been seeking goalkeeping cover, with only 19-year-old Daniel Bentley in the squad.

The deal was completed in time for Belford to play in Tuesday's Capital One Cup first round tie against Championship club Peterborough United.

Belford kept nine clean sheets in 15 matches for the Shrimpers last season and was involved in their two-legged play-off semi-final against Crewe.

Despite that, Sturrock decided not to try to sign him on a permanent basis.

Former Hibernian keeper Mark Brown and ex-Swindon stopper Phil Smith have both been on trial at Southend over the summer but neither has so far been offered terms.

Meanwhile, Southend have allowed keeper Luke Chambers to join Blue Square Bet North Bishop's Stortford on loan for a month.