Kane Ferdinand: Joining Peterborough United from Southend United was too good to turn down (From Echo)
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Kane Ferdinand: Joining Peterborough United from Southend United was too good to turn down
KANE Ferdinand has revealed quitting Blues for Peterborough United was too good an opportunity to turn down.
The 19-year-old midfielder joined Posh for £200,000 on Friday night.
And it was the lure of playing Championship football which persuaded Ferdinand to head to London Road.
"Once I thought about it all properly I realised that I had to go,” said Ferdinand, who has signed a four year deal with Peterborough.
“But I’ve been with Southend since I was 13 so it wasn’t a simple decision for me and I owe them so much.
“Ricky Duncan was fantastic for me all the way through the youth ranks and Paul Sturrock gave me my chance in the first team, so I owe them both a lot.
“I have mostly happy memories from my time there too and really do wish everyone there all the very best for the future.”
And Blues boss Sturrock returned the compliment by wishing Ferdinand every success with his new club.
“I’m very pleased for Kane because for most of his time with us he really has been a model professional,” said Sturrock.
“When I first came here he was playing centre-back or right-back for the youth team but I didn’t think that was right for him.
“I felt he had the right attributes to make a good midfielder and he’s gone on to show that.
“He’s the fittest man I’ve ever seen and he has what is needed to be a top class player, so I wish him all the best.”
Ferdinand made 71 appearances and scored 10 times for Blues after working his way through the ranks at Roots Hall.