Northern Ireland international Adam Thompson has put pen to paper on a three-year deal with the Shakers after parting company with Southend United, after several clubs - including ones from a higher level - were left vying for his signature.
24-year-old Adam started his career at Watford's youth academy. He made his professional debut for the Club in 2010, with his senior international debut for Northern Ireland coming the following year. In the summer of 2011, Thompson signed a new contract with Watford, to keep him at the Club until 2014.
After a series of loan spells at Brentford, Wycombe Wanderers, and Barnet, defender Thompson joined Southend United on loan on August 9th 2013 and made his debut a day later against Hartlepool United. After a successful loan spell, the club signed Adam on an 18-month contract.
Thompson was a regular feature in Southend United's back-line, making over 100 appearances, scoring three goals – one of which (Blackpool, November 2015) was nominated for the Club’s Goal of the Season award for 2015/16.
The central defender has recently been called up by Northern Ireland for their forthcoming matches against New Zealand in an International Challenge Match and World Cup qualifier in Azerbaijan in June. Adam will link up with Michael O’Neill’s squad and hope to add to his two previous caps, having made his debut on 9 February 2011, as a 66th-minute substitute in Northern Ireland's game against Scotland in the 2011 Nations Cup. He has also represented Northern Ireland at under 17’s, 18’s and 21’s.
Manager Lee Clark said:
“I am delighted to have signed Adam. He's a fantastic player who is used to playing at the top end of League One, having just missed out on promotion to the Championship with Southend United.
“I have seen Adam operate at close quarters this season and he was very impressive, and it's that impressive form which has led to his call-up to the Northern Ireland squad.
“Adam is a fantastic signing for us. I am thrilled to have signed a young, talented, international player who is at the age where we can still help him develop and he can help us improve.”