O’S MIDFIELDER Marc Laird has joined npower League 2 club Southend United on a two-month loan deal.
The former Millwall man has found first team opportunities hard to come by this season and links up with the Shrimpers in time for their game against York City on Saturday.
Laird, 26, has been with the O’s since the summer of 2011, when he signed on a free transfer following his release by Millwall.
He scored two goals in 27 appearances last term, but has been restricted to just two substitute outings this season.
The O’s have given Southend permission to play the Scotsman in the FA Cup and he will remain at Roots Hall until January 1.