KELVIN SO KEEN ON POSH MOVE

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Classifieds - by MARK PLUM­MER

LAT­EST sign­ing Kelvin Lang­mead in­sists he couldn’t pos­si­bly ig­nore the chance to play for Posh.

The Shrews­bury Town skip­per com­pleted his trans­fer for an undis­closed fee yes­ter­day. Cen­tral de­fender Lang­mead has penned a three-year deal at London Road.

The 25 year-old is rel­ish­ing the prospect of step­ping up to League One level and is de­ter­mined to prove he has the abil­ity to be­come a first-team reg­u­lar as man­ager Gary John­son plots an im­me­di­ate re­turn to the Cham­pi­onship.

Lang­mead said: “I first heard of some in­ter­est to­wards the end of last sea­son. Things de­vel­oped while I was away on my sum­mer break. I left it to the im­por­tant peo­ple to do a deal and I quickly agreed my side of things.

“Don’t get me wrong, I have en­joyed a lot of good years at Shrews­bury and there are some ter­rific peo­ple at that club, but com­ing to Peter­bor­ough was an easy de­ci­sion to make.

“It is the sort of op­por­tu­nity that was way too good to ig­nore. The club is mas­sively am­bi­tious, it has some very tal­ented play­ers and a man­ager with an ex­cel­lent track­record.

“Last sea­son has gone. This is a new chap­ter with a new man­ager and an ex­tremely tal­ented group of play­ers and I feel Peter­bor­ough is a club mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion.

“Ev­ery­one wants to push them- selves to per­form at the high­est level they pos­si­bly can and I’m no dif­fer­ent.

“I have played a lot of games at League Two level in the past five years and I feel ready to step up, but I am un­der no il­lu­sions about how tough it will be here.

“I guess you could de­scribe me as a no-non­sense de­fender, but I don’t ex­pect to walk straight into the team.

“I know I have to prove my­self and I in­tend to do that. My aim is to nail down a reg­u­lar place in the team.

“I have to earn the re­spect of the play­ers al­ready here and the man­ager. Gary has given me the chance to step up a level and I don’t want to let him or the club down.”

Lang­mead be­gan his ca­reer at Pre­ston North End as a striker, but has made his name at the other end of the pitch dur­ing more than 250 ap­pear­ances for Shrews­bury.

Lang­mead made a per­ma­nent move there af­ter a suc­cess­ful loan spell. He also had tem­po­rary stints at Carlisle, Tam­worth and Kid­der- min­ster while on Pre­ston’s books.

Lang­mead, who be­comes Posh’s fifth sum­mer cap­ture and the sec­ond to join from Shrews­bury, will join up with the rest of the Posh squad for the start of pre-sea­son train­ing on Mon­day.

Striker Dave Hib­bert made the same switch last month be­fore mid­field­ers Grant McCann and James Wesolowski were snapped up from Scun­thorpe and Le­ices­ter re­spec­tively. De­fender Mark Lit­tle has also turned a loan move into a per­ma­ment deal.

Pic­ture: www. the­p­osh.com

GREAT MOVE: For new Posh de­fender Kelvin Lang­mead.

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