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Fleetwood Town's Ryan Cresswell: I was never home-sick at Southend United
RYAN Cresswell has dismissed suggestions at ever being home-sick at Southend United.
The commanding centre-back will return to Roots Hall with Fleetwood Town tomorrow night for the first time since leaving the Shrimpers at the end of last season.
But Cresswell has revealed he did not quit Blues to be nearer home, as was claimed at the time.
And the 25-year-old added he would welcome the chance to come back to the club later in his career.
“I was never home-sick at Southend and how can that be said when I still live 120 miles or so away from home?” said Cresswell.
“I left because I was frustrated with things that were happening off the pitch and wasn’t sure what the future held for the club.
“It was a real shame because it’s a great club with great fans and, if things can be sorted out there, then I would love to be come back and play for Southend again in the future.”
Cresswell, who is from Sheffield, made 54 appearances while with Blues and netted eight goals during what he describes as his best ever season in football.
The defender was voted in to the League Two of the year for his consistent displays.
But he is now enjoying his time with Fleetwood, who are currently second in the League Two table.
“I’ve settled in really well at Fleetwood and things have been going well,” said Cresswell.
“The chairman is really aiming for success here, he really sold the club to me and the recruitment during the summer was first class.
“I wanted to join a club that were heading in the right direction and we’re in a good position at the moment.
“We want to be able to maintain that so it’s a big game tomorrow night and the first one I looked for when the fixtures came out.”
Cresswell is therefore aiming for three points against his former side.
And he hopes to be given a good reception by the home supporters.
“I gave absolutely everything for Southend when I was there and I hope the fans know that,” said the 25-year-old.
“I had a great time, with Wembley being the obvious highlight, and, although I get a bit of stick on Twitter about the whole home-sick thing, I’d like to get a really good reception from the fans.”
Cresswell still stays in contact with a number of his former Blues team-mates and hopes to soon see the club moving forward .
“I hope Southend can get through their financial difficulties and get back to where a club like them deserves to be, which for me is the Championship,” said the defender.
“I really enjoyed working with Graham Coughlan, Phil Brown and Paul Sturrock and I think Cocko and the manager are doing a really good job with the resources they have available to them.
“I honestly would love Southend to keep on doing well, just not tomorrow night for obvious reasons.”