YORK-RAISED defender Charlie Cresswell has joined French side Toulouse on a permanent basis.

After it was reported last week that Cresswell had initially failed to agree terms with the Ligue 1 side, recent movement has seen the centre-half complete a permanent transfer away from Leeds United.

Cresswell, son of former York City and Tadcaster Albion striker Richard, grew up in York where he first earned the attention of Leeds whilst playing his football in Dunnington.

His father made over 100 appearances for City throughout three spells with the club, before ending his playing career with Tadcaster in 2017.

Cresswell has found game time limited under Daniel Farke despite an impressive loan spell with Millwall in the 2022/23 Sky Bet Championship season, with the out-of-favour defender looking elsewhere for first-team opportunities.

Toulouse, who ended their 2023/24 campaign in a comfortable 11th position, have acquired his signature for an undisclosed fee, with Cresswell accumulating 10 league appearances across four years in the first-team at Leeds.

Speaking on his move to Toulouse, Cresswell mentioned his father Richard, telling the club media team: “I felt wanted by the club, who pushed hard internally to sign me.

"They made me understand I could be an important part of the project. A project that promises to be ambitious, that’s what I liked about it.

“This club represents a lot. It’s a family story with Leeds, my father played it at the time.

"I made my debut there, I climbed all the ranks and I have all my friends.

"But it was time for me to leave, especially after this last season when I would have liked to have more playing time. I’m focusing on Toulouse now.”