Chesterfield: Spireites continue to track Shrimpers star

Rochdale's Terry Cornell and Southend's Ryan Cresswell, right, challenge for possession. Sean Dempsey/PA Wire.
Rochdale's Terry Cornell and Southend's Ryan Cresswell, right, challenge for possession. Sean Dempsey/PA Wire.
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Chesterfield remain in the hunt to sign Rotherham-born centre-half Ryan Cresswell, The Star understands.

It is understood the Spireites board met on Thursday and one of the subjects believed to be high on the agenda was Southend United defender Cresswell.

Former Rotherham player Cresswell, who has been a transfer target of Chesterfield manager Paul Cook’s for many months, has a year remaining on his at Roots Hall. However, the 25-year-old has indicated he wants to move back north. Fleetwood Town are also believed to be interested in his signature.

Cresswell would be the final piece in Cook’s first eleven jigsaw but there is still a desperate need for back up in what’s a very powerful but thin on the ground squad.

Cresswell scored eight goals last season and made the PFA’s all-star League Two line-up while playing for Paul Sturrock’s Shrimpers. One of his goals was against Chesterfield at Roots Hall and Cook sees him as the ideal partner for Liam Cooper in the heart of his side’s back line with Drew Talbot in the right full back berth and Nathan Smith on the left.

Chesterfield entertain Huddersfield Town at the Proact Stadium, kick-off 3pm, today in their second pre-season friendly.