Southend United are delighted to announce the permanent signing of Nathan Ferguson from Crawley Town.
The 25-year-old midfielder, who played against Blues in the 1-1 draw at The People's Pension Stadium back in October, has joined the club on an 18-month contract which includes a club option for another year.
After completing the deal, Ferguson said: "I’m very happy, I want to get back playing football again and I want to help the club get up the table.
"It was very frustrating the deal couldn’t get done last week, I had to sit at home and bide my time but I’m happy to be here now and get the move completed.
"I think I can add a lot to the team. Nobody likes losing, like anyone I want to be winning games and I want to help the team get some wins and move up the table."
Ferguson started his career in Norwich City’s Academy as a forward before joining Dagenham & Redbridge. Spells in non-league on loan at Chelmsford City, St Albans City, Hastings United and then permanently with Billericay Town followed, and then Grays in 2015 where he impressed.
His performances alerted several League clubs and later that year Burton Albion signed Ferguson on a two-and-a-half-year deal, but he failed to breakthrough into the first team.
In 2016, Ferguson joined Port Vale before returning to non-league with Bromley and then Dulwich Hamlet where he was a regular in two seasons making 91 appearances and scoring 10 goals.
Having joined Crawley in the summer of 2019, he made 39 appearances and scored six goals in the curtailed season and has featured a further 13 times for the Reds this term, scoring once.
On the type of midfielder he sees himself as, Ferguson added: "I like to break forward, get involved in scoring goals, get assists, I’m quite strong and I like to get about the pitch. I feel like I should be scoring more goals to be honest.
"It’s an important step in my career and I just want to get going now."
Manager Mark Molesley commented: "First of all I think he’s at a great age, he’s come through non-league which is a tough ask and then he’s worked his way into professional football and gone and got League experience.
"He’s had a range of experiences in his career which I think will help develop him as a player and a person.
"He’s got all the attributes for a midfielder. He’s athletic, he’s strong, he’s powerful but he’s technically very good as well.
"The good thing is there’s still lots of areas we can enhance that talent as well, so I think he’s got potential to get better. He adds lots of competition and depth to that midfield.
"We feel like we’re getting a good player at a good time in his career for Southend United Football Club and we’re looking forward to going to working with him."