Following his permanent switch to York City on Tuesday, Richard Cresswell says the 'biggest achievement' of his career to date came at Bramall Lane.
After penning a one-year at Bootham Crescent, the location of the Blades final pre-season friendly on Saturday 27th July, the 35-year-old wanted to express his sincere thanks to everyone connected with United, reserving a final mention for the 'terrific' supporters at Bramall Lane.
Cressy, who joined the Blades, initially on-loan in September 2009 and until Tuesday was the club's longest-serving player, remarked: "I just want to say a massive thank you to all involved at the club, especially those behind the scenes.
"I want to express my appreciation to those people at the club who don't get noticed and mentioned, without those people a football club wouldn't exist.
"Secondly I would like to thank the fans, because the biggest achievement in my career was winning over the Unitedites, given what they called my chequered past.
"It was a fantastic first season I had here, to finish top scorer and earn a new contract was immensely pleasing.
"Since then it has been a rollercoaster ride for everyone involved. The relegation season was a difficult one for us all to accept, given all the changes in manager.
"In our first season in League One, I still can't believe we didn't win promotion after amassing 90 points. It was a fantastic year, personally, and apart from the day at Wembley I have enjoyed every minute.
"That season and the ultimate disappointment will live with me forever, to be honest. The way we played and the goals we scored were outstanding. It was a memorable part of my career and there are moments I won't forget.
"We have had our fair share of ups and downs but I have met a lot of good people and formed some strong friends within the club.
"I wholeheartedly wish the Blades the best for the future, this club needs to get back up into the Championship at the very least.
"The fans are terrific and they deserve success more than anybody."