Nigel Pearson has moved quickly to make Ian Pearce his first signing as Saints boss.

The experienced 33-year-old Fulham centre half joins on a one month loan and comes straight into contention for a place in the starting line-up at Scunthorpe tomorrow with Andrew Davies and Darren Powell both injury doubts for the game.

Pearson said: “I’m delighted to have brought Ian Pearce in on loan.

“He’s an experienced head. Calm, confident and a quality player.”

Pearce has featured in every Premier League season since it began in 1992 and has a top flight winner’s medal form his spell at Blackburn.

He has also played for West Ham and Fulham after starting his career as a trainee at Chelsea