League One side Southend United have completed the signing of Piotr Malarczyk on loan from Ipswich until the end of the season.
The 24-year-old defender joined Ipswich from Polish Ekstraklasa club Korona Kielce but has struggled to break into the first team picture at Portman Road, making just six appearances.
Malarczyk has been capped three times by Poland’s U21 side and last played for Ipswich against Portsmouth in an FA Cup tie in January.
Southend boss Phil Brown told the club’s official website,“If you want a defender with the right mentality, the right attitude you won’t go far wrong from Piotr”
“He brings that steely mentality to the side. He’s a strong character who’s vocal and has got a presence.”
Following promotion last season, the Shrimpers are currently sitting in 9th place in the League One table. Brown’s side face a trip to Rochdale tomorrow, where Malarczyk could be in line to make his debut.