The fan’s

South Wales Echo - - SPORTS -

IT’S likely that most peo­ple do not re­alise that Lee Tom­lin and Nathaniel Men­dez-Laing have a shared his­tory that pre­cedes them both join­ing Cardiff in the sum­mer.

It cer­tainly did not dawn on me un­til re­cently and it’s cer­tainly a pe­riod worth re­count­ing.

This will ac­tu­ally be the pair’s fourth sea­son play­ing at the same club.

Both joined The Posh in the sum­mer of 2010; Tom­lin a per­ma­nent £250,000 sign­ing from Rush­den & Di­a­monds and Men­dez-Laing tem­po­rar­ily on loan from Wolves. Both starred in a mem­o­rable cam­paign, as Peter­bor­ough se­cured pro­mo­tion to the Cham­pi­onship via the play-offs.

Tom­lin was a huge in­flu­ence, record­ing 11 goals and a fur­ther 11 as­sists. Men­dez-Laing’s re­turn was not so shabby ei­ther, mak­ing 40 ap­pear­ances and scor­ing on five oc­ca­sions.

Peter­bor­ough were keen to re­tain the ser­vices of the pow­er­ful winger, agree­ing a fee in the re­gion of £250,000, but the deal even­tu­ally col­lapsed when per­sonal terms could not be agreed.

Men­dez-Laing sub­se­quently spent a frus­trat­ing sea­son ei­ther on loan at Sh­effield United or on the treat­ment ta­ble be­fore even­tu­ally re­turn­ing to Peter­bor­ough in July 2012, for around £100,000. Tom­lin was still at the club, but with an en­hanced rep­u­ta­tion, hav­ing net­ted a fur­ther nine goals and pro­vided 10 as­sists dur­ing his first sea­son in the sec­ond tier.

Tom­lin was also gain­ing a rep­u­ta­tion off the field too, as Men­dez-Laing’s sign­ing co­in­cided with Tom­lin get­ting ar­rested out­side a Le­ices­ter night­club and later fined for fail­ing to com­ply with a di­rec­tion given by a po­lice of­fi­cer.

Peter­bor­ough strug­gled from the off, los­ing their first seven games of the sea­son and Men­dez-Laing missed most of this pe­riod with a ham­string in­jury. He net­ted on his re­turn, in a 5-2 win over Burn­ley, but the first half of his sea­son was blighted by a city cen­tre dis­tur­bance that re­sulted in a po­lice cau­tion for threat­en­ing be­hav­iour.

Men­dez-Laing was shipped out on loan to Portsmouth for nine games, but re­turned dur­ing the fol­low­ing Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow, with man­ager Dar­ren Fer­gu­son claim­ing: “I don’t bear grudges.”

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