League One strugglers Brighton have signed Matt Heath on a one-month loan deal from Colchester.
The former Leeds and Leicester centre-half is currently behind Paul Reid and Pat Baldwin in the pecking order at the Weston Homes Community Stadium and will be hoping to get some first-team action with the Seagulls.
The 27-year-old is set to remain on the South Coast until 4th April and will go straight into Brighton's injury-ravaged squad for Tuesday's trip to Bristol Rovers.
He will be joined in the travelling party by fellow new-boy Lloyd Owusu, with caretaker boss Dean White busy rebuilding his depleted troops.
"The injury situation meant it was vital to bring players in and Matt and Lloyd are two good additions," said White.
"They certainly strengthen the squad and both have good experience at this level and higher."