WES WOULD HAVE BEEN A SU­PER­STAR

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - by ALAN SWANN

GARY John­son reck­ons his lat­est re­cruit James Wesolowski would al­ready be a foot­balling su­per­star, but for cruel luck with in­juries.

Posh signed the 22 year-old Aussie for a nom­i­nal fee from Le­ices­ter City ear­lier this week, but the Posh man­ager re­vealed that he’d been track­ing the mid­fielder for five years.

Wesolowski has suf­fered two bro­ken legs in his ca­reer af­ter break­ing into the Le­ices­ter first team as a 17 year-old. He proved his fit­ness by play­ing suc­cess­fully for Hamil­ton in the Scot­tish Premier League last sea­son.

John­son said: “Ev­ery­one thought he was the next su­per­star five or six years ago and I be­lieve he would be a top player al­ready if he hadn’t suf­fered a cou­ple of bad in­juries.

“I have al­ways kept an eye on his progress since then and I don’t think I am the only one. I know lots of clubs, in­clud­ing ones in the Cham­pi­onship and in the Scot­tish Premier League, who were in­ter­ested in him so I’m de­lighted to have got him.

“I have a good me­mory for play­ers who play well against my team and James falls into that cat­e­gory.

“He’s ev­ery­thing I want in a mid­fielder. He works hard, but he’s also got good abil- ity on the ball.

“His com­mit­ment and pas­sion are first class. He will break up play, but he will also pro­vide an at­tack­ing threat.

“I now have James and Grant McCann to play in cen­tral mid­field with good play­ers like Lee Freck­ling­ton, Josh Simp­son and Char­lie Lee in sup­port.

“I’m very happy with that com­bi­na­tion. In fact if we didn’t sign any more play­ers be­fore we re­turn to train­ing I’d say we have def­i­nitely im­proved the squad.

“Of course the proof of the pud­ding will be in the eat­ing. We can all talk a good game.”

Wesolowski is John­son’s fourth sign­ing of the sum­mer af­ter McCann, striker Dave Hib­bert and right-back Mark Lit­tle.

Posh are still chas­ing other play­ers in­clud­ing a young­ster with a Premier League club who would ar­rive on a sea­son-long loan.

John­son added: “I’m in­ter­ested in a cou­ple of young lads. You won’t have heard of them now, but once they start play­ing for us they will soon be­come well known.”

UN­LUCKY BREAKS:

For new Posh sign­ing James Wesolowski.

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