JOHNSON GIVES POSH HUGE LIFT
CHARLIE Lee believes Posh have already benefitted from the Gary Johnson effect.
The midfielder insists manager Johnson has transformed the club since his arrival less than two months ago. Lee believes Posh will now be definite promotion contenders in League One next season.
Lee said: “We were already relegated from the Championship last season when Gary was appointed, but the players were still excited by his arrival.
“And nothing he has done since has made us change our mind. He has made it clear that he wants the same standard of work ethic and fitness levels that won us back-to-back promotions which can only be a good thing.
“When he arrived he promised us he would sign good players and he has been true to his word. For instance I have played against Grant McCann loads of times and he is a very strong player.
“It would be an exaggeration to say I am now looking forward to pre-season training because it is the worst part of a professional footballer’s job, but I can’t wait for the new season to start.
“We will go into the season confident. We have done well at League One level before so we know what to expect and how to be successful.
“There are some strong sides around, most obviously Southampton, and there will be many tough games, but we have as good a chance as anyone.”
Lee, who was speaking to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, faces a battle to secure a regular slot in Johnson’s starting line-up. McCann and James Wesolowski have been signed to play central midfield, so Lee may have to take a shot at the left-back slot, a position he occupied with great success the last time Posh played in League One.
Lee scored the goal that clinched promotion for Posh at Colchester in the penultimate game of the 2008-09 season.
Lee added: “I will just get my head down and work hard. That’s what I’ve done since I arrived at the club and hopefully I will catch the manager’s eye in pre-season.
“I had to play a more defensive midfield role in the Championship, but maybe I will be able to get forward more in League One.”