Sheffield United: Striker leaves with club’s best wishes

Richard Cresswell � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Richard Cresswell � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

David Weir paid tribute to Richard Cresswell before the Sheffield United centre-forward completed his much-anticipated transfer to York City, writes James Shield.

Cresswell, who started his career with the League Two club, was scheduled to undergo a medical at Bootham Crescent before last night’s friendly with Huddersfield Town.

Weir, the United manager, said: “It’s sad to see Richard go because he’s a great professional and, just as importantly, a really nice guy too.

“He’s helped me since I came in and that’s appreciated. He came on our trip to Scotland and did everything we could have possibly asked.

“It’s a good move for him. A great move for him in fact and I’m sure he’s going to go there and do really well.

“I sincerely wish him all the best.”

Cresswell, aged 35, returned to City towards the end of last season and helped Nigel Worthington’s side avoid relegation before injury cut short his loan.

The former Stoke City marksman, who scored 30 goals for United after arriving from the Britannia Stadium in 2009, still lives in North Yorkshire.

Weir’s team are set to complete their pre-season programme with a fixture against City later this month.

“It will be good to see Richard again when we go there,” he said. “I’m sure he’ll get a really good reception from our fans and he certainly deserves one.”

United continue their preparations for the forthcoming campaign at Mansfield Town on Saturday.