JOHN­SON READY TO GO NOW

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - by ALAN SWANN

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.

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