HIBBERT SET FOR A FIGHT
NEW Posh signing Dave Hibbert wants to give manager Gary Johnson his first big headache of the League One season.
The centre-forward is determined to challenge the club’s first-choice strike pairing of Craig Mackail-Smith and Aaron Mclean for a starting place in the 2010-11 curtain raiser against Bristol Rovers at London Road on August 7.
Mackail-Smith confirmed he was staying at Posh for the immediate future last week despite speculation to the contrary. Mclean, who has been on the transfer list for eight months, is a more reluctant Posh player, but he looks set to remain at the club in the absence of any acceptable bids.
The pair scored 41 League One goals the last time they played at that level two seasons ago so would expect to be the first choice forwards.
But Hibbert said: “I just can’t wait to get started. I know it’s going to be tough breaking into the starting line-up straight away as we have some excellent forward players at the club so it’s up to me to impress in pre-season and give the manager a decision to make.
“I’m actually looking forward to pre-season. I didn’t have one last season as I was coming back from injury and it took me a while to get going when the season actually started.
“We are back in July and I expect training will involve a lot of running, but it’s vital to do the preparation in the summer.”
Hibbert scored 15 goals for Shrewsbury last season and was voted player of the year by the League Two club’s fans. He was Johnson’s first summer signing and he didn’t cost the club a penny as his contract had expired.
The senior squad report back for pre-season training on July 1 before heading for a training camp in Portugal the following week.
Posh start their pre-season campaign with a home fixture against Premier League West Ham on Wednesday, July 14.
NOT HERE TO MAKE THE NUMBERS UP: New striker Dave Hibbert with Gary Johnson.