Posh boss warns his trans­fer-listed play­ers . . . DON’T GO TO WASTE

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport -

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by ALAN SWANN

POSH boss Gary John­son has warned his trans­fer listed play­ers not to waste a sea­son of their ca­reers by stay­ing at London Road.

Posh are keen to off-load nu­mer­ous play­ers in­clud­ing Ser­gio Tor­res, Ben Wright, Ex­o­dus Geo­haghon, Liam Hatch, Rene Howe and Scott Ren­dell, but so far none of them have man­aged to find other clubs.

All are un­der con­tract at London Road for at least one more sea­son, but if they stay at the club they are un­likely to kick a ball for the first team.

John­son said: “They are all our play­ers and we will keep them fit, but they won’t play for the first team. I’ve been very hon­est with them and told them ex­actly that. They are mostly good lads and I would hate for them to miss a year of their ca­reer by stay­ing here.

“It is more dif­fi­cult to move play­ers on these days, but I want a smaller squad here with play­ers all com­pet­ing for first team places.”

Striker Shaun Batt is ex­pected to leave Posh for Mill­wall once he agrees per­sonal terms at The New Den, while mid­fielder Toumani Di­agouraga would also be al­lowed to go if Posh re­ceive an ac­cept­able bid.

John­son has also con­firmed he is re­signed to los­ing Welsh in­ter­na­tional cen­tre back Craig Mor­gan. Mor­gan has made pub­lic his de­sire to leave Posh and as his con­tract ex­pires at the end of next sea­son Posh will try and cash in.

John­son added: “I like Craig. He’s a very good player and he was out­stand­ing in our fi­nal match at Ply­mouth last sea­son when he was throw­ing his body in front of shots and clear­ing things off the line.

“That com­mit­ment was ex­cel­lent con­sid­er­ing there was noth­ing on the game, but he went pub­lic with his in­ten­tion not to sign a new con­tract and it can be awk­ward for a player once he does that.

“I think we will lose him which is a shame, but he had made his mind up well be­fore I came on the scene.”

John­son is en­cour­aged by di­rec­tor of foot­ball Barry Fry’s rev­e­la­tion that he is to have one more crack at keep­ing Ge­orge Boyd at the club.

He also re­vealed that Fry is mak­ing his own job much eas­ier.

John­son said: “I’m ob­vi­ously in full agree­ment with an at­tempt to keep Ge­orge and if any­one can per­suade him it will be Barry.

“This is the first sum­mer I can re­mem­ber as a man­ager when I haven’t had to spend it all on the

BEN WRIGHT phone talk­ing to play­ers and agents and other stuff.

“I iden­tify the play­ers and then Barry does the rest. I in­ter­view the play­ers ob­vi­ously, but Barry sets ev­ery­thing up so I find him a great help and a great sup­port.

LIAM HATCH

“I once turned down a high pro­file job when I was man­ager at Yeovil be­cause I was ex­pected to work un­der a di­rec­tor of foot­ball, but I knew Barry be­fore I got here and he and the chair­man have been bril­liant so far.”

SER­GIO TOR­RES

RENE HOWE

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