DANNY: IT’S BIN UN­FOR­GET­TABLE!

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE PLAY-OFF PREVIEW - By Matt Bad­cock

DANNY LLOYD com­pleted a dream move to the Foot­ball League with Peter­bor­ough United on Mon­day – and he was back sell­ing bins less than 24 hours later!

The winger has been in scin­til­lat­ing form for Na­tional League North Stock­port County, scor­ing 29 times and lay­ing on 19 goals in a sea­son that has re­vived his foot­ball ca­reer.

Lloyd, 25, says the Hat­ters have re-en­er­gised him af­ter he left AFC Fylde last May con­tem­plat­ing hang­ing up his boots.

But his form and hard work has been re­warded af­ter Grant McCann’s League One Posh swooped to make him their sec­ond ad­di­tion from NonLeague this sum­mer, fol­low­ing the ar­rival of Ricky Miller from Dover Ath­letic.

Lloyd, a busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager for waste gi­ant Biffa, has a cou­ple more weeks left in his day job be­fore turn­ing his at­ten­tions to the EFL for the first time.

Sur­real

“I’m just look­ing for­ward to get­ting go­ing,” Lloyd told

“I was up for 18 hours on Mon­day. I got up at 5am to drive down to Peter­bor­ough and then this morn­ing I was up at ten to seven, back on the bins! Back sell­ing bins.

“I had a joke with a cus­tomer this morn­ing. I said, ‘This is ab­so­lutely sur­real. I signed a three-year deal at Peter­bor­ough yes­ter­day and this morn­ing I’ve just signed you up for a skip!’

“It’s such a mix of emo­tions. I haven’t cried, but I’ve been close a cou­ple of times with some of the mes­sages from my close mates and

fam­ily. “I just want it to be the first game of the League sea­son next year and I hope I’m in and around it. It will mean so much to me to walk out for the first game of the sea­son.

“You’re not go­ing to see any­one as ded­i­cated and hard­work­ing as me.

“I said to the gaffer ‘I’ve been work­ing 40 or 50 hours a week and play­ing foot­ball. You’re go­ing to have to drag me off the train­ing ground’. I won’t be able to go and spend time with my mis­sus be­cause she’ll be at work! I’m tired but so re­lieved that it’s done.”

Ru­mours about League clubs eye­ing the for­mer Col­wyn Bay and Tam­worth at­tacker’s sig­na­ture have been rife all sea­son.

He’s promised to keep play­ing the com­mit­ted, ex­cit­ing, front-foot foot­ball that quickly made him a fans’ favourite among the Stock­port County faith­ful. But he ad­mit­ted he didn’t get much sleep af­ter boss McCann called to set up a meet­ing.

“I can’t de­scribe the emo­tions I’ve had in the past 24 hours,” Lloyd said. “It’s ab­so­lutely mind-blow­ing.

“The man­ager, Grant – or gaffer as I’ve now got to call him – rang me last Tues­day and said ‘We’re re­ally in­ter­ested in hav­ing a chat, can you come down?’

“I went down Mon­day to speak to them so I had to sweat for a week! I said to him, ‘I’m made up you called me, but you could have left it un­til Fri­day be­cause I haven’t had a wink of sleep since you called!’ We had a proper laugh.

“When I went to Stock­port I was so down and dis­il­lu­sioned with foot­ball. They made me feel wanted and put the con­fi­dence back into me. I’m back to my old self.

“But I didn’t ex­pect to feel as wanted as Peter­bor­ough have made me feel. Barry Fry and the gaffer have made me feel wanted and I’ve had so many wel­come mes­sages from the Peter­bor­ough fans. That goes a long way.

“First and fore­most, any club I’m at I play for the shirt. You put the shirt on your back and you’ve got thou­sands of peo­ple pay­ing money to see you. The least you can do is put in a good per­for­mance and work hard.

“I’ve got a cou­ple of weeks left of work but I can’t wait to re­port for pre-sea­son.”

STOCK IN TRADE: Danny Lloyd cel­e­brates yet another goal for Stock­port County. Inset: Posh boss Grant McCann

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