Former Southend United midfielder Kane Ferdinand aims for more fond memories at Roots Hall
KANE Ferdinand will bid for happier memories of Roots Hall tonight.
The Maidenhead United midfielder went through the Shrimpers youth system and scored 10 goals in 71 games before joining Peterborough United for Â£ 200,000 in 2012.
But Ferdinand always looks back on his time at the Blues with real tenderness.
âI only have fond memories of my time there,â Ferdinand said.
âIt’s not just the year and a half in the first team that I had, it’s since I arrived at 13 years old.
âI had a lot of memorable moments there too, my debut and my first goal immediately spring to mind, but the unbeaten streak we were on in the first half of the 2011/2012 season was quite special.
âBeing at the top of the league for most of that time, you can imagine the vibe in the camp.
âWe entered the games with the confidence and the conviction that we knew we would get a result.
âThis period is the most significant for me and it was a good time.
âI have no regrets and also learned a lot along the way. ”
Ferdinand struggled to find first-team opportunities with Peterborough but still thinks it was the right choice to leave.
“I felt it was the right decision, the opportunity to play championship football was hard to ignore and I enjoyed most of my time in Peterborough,” said Ferdinand.
“It’s hard to say if there is ever an ideal stage to leave as there are so many variables in the world of football, but the opportunity was there and I wanted to seize it.”
While in Peterborough, Ferdinand spent time on loan with Northampton, Luton and Cheltenham before joining Dagenham & Redbridge on a short-term contract.
The midfielder, like the Blues, has now moved out of the league and spent nearly five years with Woking before moving to Maidenhead this summer.
And Ferdinand is confident Alan Devonshire’s side can break out of the relegation zone.
âWe have an honest squad here with a lot of talent and I’m sure we can move up the rankings,â said Ferdinand.
âThings have started off pretty well personally for me and collectively as well, but we’ve found it difficult over the past two months. ”
As a result, Maidenhead joined the Blues in a fight to avoid relegation.
And Ferdinand believes that makes tonight’s game a key clash for both teams.
“It’s pretty important when you consider the race we’ve been doing lately, but it’s just as important for Southend who I’m sure didn’t expect to be there at this point,” said Ferdinand.
âFor me, it was a game I was looking for at the start of the season, but I wouldn’t say there is extra spice in the game or anything like that.
“It will be good to see some old faces, but during the 90 minutes, we will all be focused on winning and nothing else.”
Former Shrimpers Emile Acquah and Sam Barratt are also now with Maidenhead.
And Ferdinand always keeps a close eye on the Blues’ results.
âI think most people are looking for their old club, but especially the one you grew up in,â Ferdinand said.
“There have been quite a few changes there, but I’ve played with a few of the current squad and can’t wait to see them.”