KELVIN SO KEEN ON POSH MOVE
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.
GREAT MOVE: For new Posh defender Kelvin Langmead.