ONE LAST EFFORT TO KEEP BOYD
POSH are to make one lastditch attempt to keep star man George Boyd at London Road.
Chairman Darragh MacAnthony has instructed director of football Barry Fry to offer the gifted leftwinger an improved contract to keep him at Posh for the foreseeable future.
Boyd, who spent the last few months of last season on loan at Nottingham Forest, has one year of his current contract remaining.
At the end of that he would be entitled to leave London Road on a free transfer and he has so far indicated that he is not interested in an extension.
But Fry, speaking from Malta where he is representing Posh at the Football League Chairman’s Conference, said: “The chairman wants me to have one last go at George so I will be arranging a meeting with him when I get back into the country on Wednesday.
“The chairman is so determined to get straight back up to the Championship he is again prepared to push the boat out.
“He’s done it by appointing a top manager and by backing that manager by financing some impressive transfers.
“Everyone at the club wants George to stay because he’d obviously be a massive help in our aim for promotion, even if that means letting his contract run out and allowing him to leave for nothing.
“But we are hoping that George has seen what is going on and the calibre of player we are chasing and that he realises he might get Championship football again with Posh.
“To be fair to George he is very level headed and he is very fussy about where he will play. He is not giving us any trouble and if he de- cides not to sign a new contract we would still thank him for the magnificent service he has given the club.
“He has been a great player for us and personally I am amazed that we have only had one solid offer for him which we turned down flat.”
Middlesbrough are understood to have offered £1 million for Boyd with a further £1 million based on his performance.
Championship rivals Derby, Ipswich and Nottingham Forest have also made enquiries, but have yet to make offers.
New Posh boss Gary Johnson has so far signed midfielders James Wesolowski and Grant McCann, right-back Mark Little and striker Dave Hibbert on free transfers since the end of last season.
He is actively pursuing other transfer targets with MacAnthony predicting there coud be as many as nine new faces by the time the squad return for pre-season training on July 1.