Southend United have opted to extend goalkeeper Patrik Gunnarsson’s loan from Brentford, as per a report by the Southend Echo.

The young stopper will remain at Roots Hall for a further seven days.

Southend swooped to sign the Iceland Under-21 international on an emergency loan and he made his debut in their defeat at home to Burton Albion last weekend.

Gunnarsson, who is 19 years old, was allowed to leave Brentford to gain some first-team experience. He joined the Bees in June 2018 from Icelandic side Breiðablik and has since been a key player for their B team.

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He made his first and only senior appearance for the London side to date in March 2019 in a Championship fixture against Middlesbrough at Griffin Park.

Southend boss Sol Campbell is pleased to extend Gunnarsson’s stay with the League One side, as per the Southend Echo: “Patrik will be involved again and he’s done really well. He couldn’t do too much about the goals and it’s a new player coming in to give us a bit of a lift. That’s what a player does. It trumps the rules that are in place at the moment and it’s quite nice to see a fresh face in the squad.”

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The Shrimpers continue to struggle at the bottom of the third tier and are 15 points from safety with just 13 games left to play. It would take something special for Campbell to mastermind a great escape between now and the end of the campaign.

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