Eastleigh have signed Northampton Town central defender Ryan Cresswell.
The 28 year old made his senior debut for Halifax Town when he was on loan from Sheffield United in the 2006/07 campaign.
Cresswell followed his brief spell at Halifax up with loan periods at Rotherham, Morecambe and Macclesfield before a permanent deal was struck between Sheffield United and Bury for the defender to move to Gigg Lane on a permanent contract in 2008.
In 2010, Cresswell signed for Rotherham United, making over 30 appearances for the Millers over a two year period.
He then signed for Southend, helping them to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final and was selected in the PFA League 2 Team of the Year in 2012/13. He signed for Fleetwood in July 2013 for an undisclosed fee, making 27 appearances for the Cod Army.
On 1st September 2014, Cresswell signed for Northampton Town for an undisclosed fee on a three-year contract, making 67 appearances for the Cobblers
“I am delighted to sign Ryan,” said Chris Todd.
“He is a quality defender at this level.
“He is a winner and another player who can help take this club forward.
“He is an excellent age and we have done some fantastic business today.”
The Spitfires have also signed Ryan Bird on a one-year deal.
The 6’4” striker started his career at Burnham FC where he played nearly 300 games and scored 114 goals.
In 2013 then signed for Portsmouth where he made 20 appearances. Whilst at Portsmouth he spent time on loan at Havant & Waterlooville and Cambridge United.
After leaving Portsmouth in 2014 Ryan re-joined Cambridge United where he made 24 appearances scoring six goals. Towards the end of last season he joined Hartlepool United, where he played six games, scoring twice.
On 14 July 2015, Bird joined League Two side Yeovil Town on a two year contract, making 43 appearances scoring eight goals.
Discussing the new signing, Manager, Chris Todd said: “Ryan has been a target for some time, we tried to sign him before the last transfer window in January. Ryan was released by Yeovil earlier in the day and we moved quickly to secure the signature.”
After his release from Yeovil Ryan drove straight to the friendly fixture at Gosport Borough and signed forms before replacing Yemi Odubade for the final seventeen minutes of the game.