Cresswell eyes promotion

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New Leeds United striker Richard Cresswell is hoping to lead The Whites to automatic promotion this term.

The 27-year-old was introduced to the Elland Road crowd before their Carling Cup first round success over Oldham Athletic on Tuesday evening.

The striker signed a four-year deal with Leeds after completing a £1.15 million move from Preston North End this week.

Cresswell's move comes after Leeds beat Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United to the signature of the former Leicester City and Sheffield Wednesday hit-man, despite Preston agreeing fees with both of their Championship rivals for the player.

The goalscorer stated his determination to see Kevin Blackwell's side make a return to The Premiership come the season's end.

"I got to the play-off finals with Preston last year and now I want to go one better and go up automatically this season," Cresswell told the club's official website.

"Coming to Leeds, with the players we've got here, we've got to have a chance of taking one of the top two places, and I'm assured that's the aim."

Despite a bid being made by The Blades, Cresswell added that Leeds was his preferred destination from Deepdale.

"I wanted to keep my options open for a bit, at least until I knew Leeds had a bid accepted because that's what I was waiting for," Cresswell added.

"As soon as I knew that had happened, I was straight up the road to speak to the gaffer about his plans for myself and the squad.

"Once you come to this place and see the surroundings, it makes your mind up."