Defender has joined Fleetwood Town for an undisclosed fee
Southend United can confirm that defender Ryan Cresswell has joined fellow League 2 side Fleetwood Town for an undisclosed fee.
Ryan initially informed Paul Sturrock last December that he had been unable to settle down south and wished to return north to be closer to his family. Despite this Ryan played a key role in Blues’ run to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final last season and was runner-up in the club’s Player of the Year award.
The Club respected Ryan’s difficulties and once the right offer was made for his services, felt it was right that he was given permission to discuss personal terms at Highbury Stadium.
We would like to thank Ryan for all his efforts during his season at Roots Hall and wish him the best for the future.
Ryan said: “I really enjoyed my time at Southend United. The lads and the fans were absolutely brilliant to me, I’m just disappointed last season didn’t end with promotion or a win at Wembley.
“Unfortunately I wasn’t really able to settle in the area and therefore wished to return north to be closer to my family. I’d just like to say thank you to all the fans for their support last season and wish Southend United all the best for the future.”
Phil Brown said: “Ryan is a very good defender but it was clear that he was keen to return north. He’s a loss, that’s for sure, but he has now left the club and we must now look forward rather than back with the season just around the corner. We have been aware of the situation and have been exploring our options as we always knew we may lose Ryan.”