ONE LAST EF­FORT TO KEEP BOYD

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Classifieds - by ALAN SWANN

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.

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