Cresswell joins Shrimpers

Last updated : 03 July 2012 By Bigrich.....

Despite the 24 year old having another year on his contract, Cresswell was told by Steve Evans that he was free to find another club in the summer as he was down the gaffers pecking order for game time.

Today he has joined League 2 rivals Southend on a free transfer. with the blessing and praise of gaffer Steve Evans; "There is no doubt in my mind that Ryan has joined a good club and he will have a good season," Evans told

"I have great respect for their chairman Ron Martin and manager Paul Sturrock, so I know Ryan has made a good move. Ryan was one of our high earners and wasn't set to command the game time he probably would have wanted here, therefore Ryan and myself agreed he should look at other options." he added.

"As a manager you need to make sure that you get maximum benefit from the budget that the chairman puts in place, and this was also a clear factor as it is not a secret that I am still looking to add to the squad with a further three players."

"Ryan has conducted himself in an impeccable manner since myself and Paul Raynor have been with Rotherham United. Everyone at the club from the chairman, directors, players, coaching staff and office staff wish him the very best for the future."