ROTHERHAM UNITED: Trio chase transfer-listed Ryan Cresswell

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THREE League Two clubs are vying for the signature of transfer-listed Rotherham United centre-back Ryan Cresswell.

Oxford United, Southend United and AFC Wimbledon are believed to be in discussions with the 24-year-old, who has been deemed surplus to requirements by Millers manager Steve Evans.

Rotherham-born Cresswell has previously worked with Oxford boss Chris Wilder at Halifax Town.

Renowned for being a leader on the pitch and a big character in the dressing room, Cresswell, who captained his hometown club under Ronnie Moore and Andy Scott, has also been linked with a move to the Dons, who are short of defensive cover following the departures of Jamie Stuart, Brett Johnson and Fraser Franks. Dons chief Terry Brown wants a minimum of two centre-halves and is thought to be a big admirer of Cresswell’s qualities.

Along with goalkeeper Jamie Annerson and Danny Schofield, Cresswell has been told he is free to find another club and look elsewhere for regular first-team action.

A selection of Rotherham’s nine summer recruits are expected to feature in a pre-season friendly at Parkgate FC on Saturday July 14, kick-off 2pm. The Millers’ training facility is based at the Steelmen’s Rawmarsh home.

Northern Counties East League side Parkgate are hoping for a bumper attendance from the fixture. Tickets are priced at £5 for adults and £3 concessions.