Ryan to join on permanent basis...

Ryan Hall

Ryan Hall will become the club's first signing of the January transfer window when he makes his move from Southend United permanent next week.

The 24-year-old initially joined on loan earlier in the season, but he will complete the formalities of a two-and-a-half-year deal when he makes the switch full-time.

Ryan has made five senior appearances so far, two starts and three substitute appearances, and he has scored five goals in two Development Squad matches, including a four-goal haul against Derby County in November.

"When we brought Ryan in I said I believe he is a player with potential for a big future," said the boss. "He had only played once this season and his match fitness, and bringing him up to speed was the biggest priority.

"I'm sure during the length of his contract Ryan will have the opportunity to establish himself at this high level, and you can see that from his contribution at Huddersfield a few weeks ago.

"It's not just experienced players we are looking for to add to the squad, and if we feel there are youngsters like him available at the right prices we will look to the future as well."