BIG MAC’S READY TO STEP UP AND FIRE THE POSH

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

STRIKER Aaron McLean has vowed to come of age af­ter agree­ing a re­newed loan deal with Peter­bor­ough un­til the end of the sea­son.

The out-of-favour Brad­ford man spent two months on loan at Lon­don Road at the end of 2014 and has now ex­tended his stay.

The 31-year-old scored 78 goals in four years at Posh ear­lier in his ca­reer, forg­ing a lethal part­ner­ship with Craig Mack­ail-Smith.

But rather than long for those days, Mclean is ready to em­brace his role as el­der states­man.

“I am one of the older heads in that dress­ing room and want to pass on my ex­pe­ri­ence to the younger lads,” he said.

“When I was grow­ing up, I looked to those older play­ers for guid­ance and I hope to help those at the club now.”

Posh boss Dar­ren Fer­gu­son did, how­ever, fail to se­cure an­other of his trans­fer tar­gets this week when League One ri­vals Ley­ton Ori­ent pulled the plug on a po­ten­tial loan move for cen­tral de­fender Mathieu Baudry.

The French­man has played just nine min­utes of foot­ball since Christ­mas, but the O’s ve­toed the move in the same week their sport­ing direc­tor Mauro Mi­lanese de­parted Bris­bane Road.

“The de­fender won’t now be join­ing us as his cur­rent club have de­cided to keep him,” Fer­gu­son con­firmed.

“It’s frus­trat­ing as I feel I need an ex­tra cen­tre-half.”

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