POSH CAN EARN ME A WELSH CAP

I’ve made right move, says Edwards

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Luke Baker

THE SET-UP at Peter­bor­ough is like night and day com­pared to his pre­vi­ous club, Craw­ley Town, says Gwion Edwards.

The Welsh mid­field wizard is con­vinced that not only will Posh soon be back in the Cham­pi­onship but they will also help make his dreams of in­ter­na­tional foot­ball a re­al­ity.

Peter­bor­ough and Craw­ley both suf­fered dis­ap­point­ment in League One last term.

The Posh’s ex­pected pro­mo­tion push failed to ma­te­ri­alise as they fin­ished 13th, while Craw­ley’s three-year stay ended with rel­e­ga­tion.

How­ever, Edwards im­pressed for the rel­e­gated Red Devils and earned a move to the ABAX Sta­dium over the sum­mer.

He has quickly set­tled, notch­ing six goals and many more as­sists this term ahead of the week­end.

The 23-year-old ad­mits it is al­most an­other world as he chases pro­mo­tion with the Posh.

“It’s very dif­fer­ent to Craw­ley,” said Edwards. “Peter­bor­ough have their own train­ing ground (the Mick Ge­orge Train­ing Academy) and the fa­cil­i­ties are a lot bet­ter.

Progress

“That’s to be ex­pected with where the two clubs are. It’s good to come into train­ing and have the gym and ev­ery­thing there. “The ex­pec­ta­tions are higher as well. Craw­ley was dif­fer­ent. Ob­vi­ously, the club wanted to progress but, for what­ever rea­son, we didn’t do as well as we wanted to last sea­son. “Here, we want to be push­ing to­wards the top of the ta­ble. We’re there at the mo­ment, so hope­fully we keep play­ing well and re­sults will come our way so we can stay there.”

Born in Lam­peter, South West Wales, and hav­ing come through Swansea City’s academy be­fore mov­ing to Craw­ley two years ago, Edwards is a proud Welsh­man.

He rep­re­sented his coun­try at Un­der-19 and Un­der-21 level and af­ter be­ing an un­used sub­sti­tute for Euro 2016 qual­i­fiers against Bos­nia-Herze­gov­ina and Cyprus in October 2014.

It seemed like only a mat­ter of time be­fore he made his full in­ter­na­tional de­but.

Yet, more than two years on, that still hasn’t ma­te­ri­alised and, while he knows he must keep his head down and work hard, Edwards is con­vinced Peter­bor­ough is the place to be, to en­sure he even­tu­ally does pull on the fa­mous red jersey.

“I was on the bench twice for Wales but I’ve got a long way to go yet,” he added.

Amaz­ing

“Hope­fully, if I’m play­ing well for Peter­bor­ough, scor­ing goals and we’re win­ning, then that chance will come though.

“Mak­ing my de­but would be amaz­ing. That’s one of the aims I’m look­ing to progress to and part of the rea­son I joined the club. “There’s still a long way to go, but if I keep do­ing well at Peter­bor­ough and get­ting my goals, I think the dream will come true.” Cre­at­ing chances for the front men is Edwards’ bread and but­ter, but goals are also a cru­cial part of his game.

“You can’t let the strik­ers have all the glory,” he jokes.

Find­ing the net on his Posh de­but, a 3-2 vic­tory over Rochdale in Au­gust, set­tled any lin­ger­ing nerves the for­mer St John­stone loa­nee may have had and he cer­tainly doesn’t re­gret his de­ci­sion to join Grant McCann’s rev­o­lu­tion.

“There were one or two other clubs, but as soon as I heard Peter­bor­ough were in­ter­ested the gaffer phoned me and, within a cou­ple of hours, I was driv­ing up here,” ex­plained Edwards.

“He told me about the way the team plays, what he wanted me to do and the aims of the club, so I was happy to come and sign here.

“It’s been a good start for us and, per­son­ally, I’ve got a few as­sists and a few goals. It’s a nice club, every­one is friendly and all the play­ers have helped me set­tle in.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

IN CON­TROL: Posh’s Gwion Edwards in ac­tion against Swin­don and, be­low, boss Grant McCann

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