The Football League Paper - - TFLP - By Nick Lough

MOV­ING away from Premier League gi­ants Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur is one of the best things Ben Al­nwick says he has ever done in foot­ball, and now he feels he’s get­ting the game time he de­serves at Peter­bor­ough.

Con­tracted to the Lon­don club from 2007 to 2012, Al­nwick had no less than seven loan spells while with Spurs.

Now set­tled with the Posh af­ter time with Barns­ley, Charl­ton and Ley­ton Ori­ent, Al­nwick is en­joy­ing his foot­ball again af­ter strug­gling to cope with ir­reg­u­lar game time.

“I don’t think the loan moves were great for me, mov­ing around month to month and get­ting dribs and drabs of games,” he told The Foot­ball League Pa­per.

“As a goal­keeper you need a good run. Luck­ily I got the op­por­tu­nity to come here and I’m just en­joy­ing play­ing ev­ery week.

“It’s what I’ve been need­ing and I should have been do­ing it from a younger age, but when you get tied down to a big club like Tot­ten­ham, it’s hard to get out.

“I don’t know what it is about Peter­bor­ough, but it’s a well run club play­ing the right way.”

The Posh have con­ceded more goals than any other side in the top half of the League One, but have far and away out-scored the rest of the divi­sion.

With tal­is­man Conor Wash­ing­ton hav­ing left for QPR, Al­nwick is con­fi­dent his re­place­ment can step up to the plate.


“Nowa­days, we play a much more open game and for all its bril­liant en­ter­tain­ment for the pun­ters and neu­trals, for me some­times we do get left a bit open,” he said.

“We’ve got new sign­ings like Shaquille Coulthirst, Adil Nabi and Harry Tof­folo and we just need to give them time to set­tle in.

“I’ve seen the lads in train­ing and I can al­ready tell you they’re go­ing to be top play­ers.

“Conor was ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic for us, but I still think there’s more to come from the squad we have.

“Pro­mo­tion is what I and the lads want and then we’ll see where it takes us, but once we get into the Cham­pi­onship we’ll go on an­other run in there.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

SAFE HANDS: Ben Al­nwick is en­joy­ing his reg­u­lar play­ing time with Peter­bor­ough

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