Southend United release Chris Barker as Adam Thompson joins
Southend have released defender Chris Barker and signed Watford centre-back Adam Thompson on loan until January.
Thompson, 20, joins after Shrimpers full-back Julian Bennett was ruled out for six months with a knee injury.
Veteran defender Barker, 33, agreed a mutual termination of his contract, ending a three-year stay at Roots Hall.
"Unfortunately for Chris he wasn't part of my plans. I wish him all the best - he is great professional," manager Phil Brown told the club's website.
"I just felt the time was right for him to move. He's had an excellent career with Southend and I know the fans truly appreciate him."
He did, however, play 20 matches in League One in the previous campaign during two loan spells with Brentford.