JOHN­SON GIVES POSH HUGE LIFT

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - by ALAN SWANN

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.”

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