Southend United chief Paul Sturrock believes Kane Ferdinand can go on to become a top class player following his move to Peterborough United.
Ferdinand, 19, sealed a transfer deadline day switch to the Championship side on Friday afternoon.
And Sturrock praised the youngsters’ attitude and tipped him to succeed at London Road.
“I am very pleased for him,” said Sturrock.
“When I came here he was playing centre-back or right-back for the youth team but I didn’t feel that was appropriate for him as I felt he had the right ingredients to be a centre midfield player.
“He improved and then he started to smash goals in during training and I decided to have a look at him further forward.
“He has the attributes to be a top class player. I’d like to wish him all the best as for most of his time here he was a model professional.
“He does all the right things in training and he is the fittest man I have ever seen.
“I am sure he will go on to have a great career at Peterborough.”
Ferdinand, who made 71 first team appearances, moved to the Posh for an initial £200,000 after agreeing a four-year contract.