JOHNSON READY TO GO NOW
GARY Johnson would be happy for the new League One season to kick off tomorrow.
The Posh manager is still trying to sign players to boost his squad before the season starts on Saturday, August 7, but he is confident he already has a team good enough to challenge for promotion.
Johnson has signed four new players this summer, but chairman Darragh MacAnthony has suggested that as many as five more could be recruited before the first-team squad report for pre-season training on July 1.
Johnson is excited by the work done in the transfer market and he hopes Posh fans share his optimism. Midfielders Grant McCann and James Wesolowski, striker Dave Hibbert and full-back Mark Little are the London Road newcomers.
Johnson said: “I’m very satisfied with what we’ve achieved so far. In fact I’m so excited about the new season I’d be happy for us to kick off tomorrow.
“We have recruited well and, although there is the odd senior player that we might lose, we are treating them as though they will be with us in August.
“I’m also excited by the number of season ticket sales and I hope the fans transfer that support to the preseason friendlies as well.
“We have arranged attractive friendlies against West Ham, Leicester and Nottingham Forest which I promise will be competitive.
“It would be great to see a good turn out for those games. Big crowds would be handy for our finances.”
Posh have added Leicester to their pre-season fixture list. The match will take place at London Road on Tuesday, July 27 and replaces the previously arranged trip to Stevenage.
Posh open their pre-season campaign against West Ham on Wednesday, July 14 and host Forest on Saturday, July 24. They have no other home friendlies arranged.
The first-team squad travel to Portugal for a training camp before the West Ham fixture. Johnson hopes to have signed a young winger on a sea- son-long loan from a Premier League club by then and it’s understood he is also chasing a centre-back to cover for the expected loss of Welsh international Craig Morgan.
Johnson held talks with a potential new signing over the weekend, but the manager departs on a longplanned holiday at the end of this week.
Any more signings might be dependent on Posh selling some of their unwanted players. Yesterday Johnson made a plea for the transfer-listed players to leave as soon as possible for the sake of their own careers.
Tickets for the home Posh friendlies are available from the London Road Box Office or online at www. theposhtickets.com. Discounted prices are available for season ticket holders until Friday, July 9. Posh have sold close to 4,000 season tickets for the 2010-11 campaign.
STRIKER Shaun Batt was expected to complete his move from Posh to Championship side Millwall for an undisclosed fee today. Batt underwent a medical yesterday after agreeing personal terms.