Braintree sign Southend youngster Merrick James-Lewis

Braintree Town

Braintree Town have brought in Southend United youngster Merrick James-Lewis on loan until the end of the season.

The 18-year-old made the step up to the Shrimpers senior squad this season but has yet to make his first-team debut.

The Southend youth product will be available to Braintree boss Rod Stringer for Saturday's visit of Maidenhead United.

The Iron are top of the Blue Square Bet South, four points clear of Farnborough who have a game in hand.