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