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Southend United have confirmed the permanent signing of midfielder Nathan Ferguson from Sky Bet League Two rivals Crawley Town.
The 25-year-old has put pen to paper on an eighteen month deal at Roots Hall Stadium for an undisclosed fee. He has appeared on thirteen occasions for the Reds this season and fifty in all, since joining the Sussex club at the start of the 2019/20 campaign.
The player started out with the Norwich City Academy before joining Dagenham & Redbridge, ten slipping into the non-league game with Chelmsford City, St Albans City, Hastings United, Billericay Town and Grays Athletic.
After initially failing to resurrect his professional career at Burton Albion and Port Vale, Ferguson turned out for Bromley and Dulwich Hamlet before being handed a break at Crawley. On joining Southend, he told www.southnedunited.co.uk: “I’m very happy, I want to get back playing football again and I want to help the club get up the table.
“It was very frustrating the deal couldn’t get done last week, I had to sit at home and bide my time but I’m happy to be here now and get the move completed.
“I think I can add a lot to the team. Nobody likes losing, like anyone I want to be winning games and I want to help the team get some wins and move up the table.”
Meanwhile, Blues boss, Mark Molesley, added: “First of all I think he’s at a great age, he’s come through non-league which is a tough ask and then he’s worked his way into professional football and gone and got League experience.
“He’s had a range of experiences in his career which I think will help develop him as a player and a person.
“He’s got all the attributes for a midfielder. He’s athletic, he’s strong, he’s powerful but he’s technically very good as well.
“The good thing is there’s still lots of areas we can enhance that talent as well, so I think he’s got potential to get better. He adds lots of competition and depth to that midfield.
“We feel like we’re getting a good player at a good time in his career for Southend United Football Club and we’re looking forward to going to working with him.”