Boyd happy to stay at Posh

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - by ALAN SWANN

GE­ORGE Boyd will be happy to serve Posh for one more sea­son.

The crowd favourite’s fu­ture has been the sub­ject of much spec­u­la­tion since it was re­vealed that he would not sign a new con­tract once his cur­rent deal ex­pires at the end of next sea­son.

Boyd was sent out on loan to Not­ting­ham For­est to­wards the end of last sea­son. For­est and fel­low Cham­pi­onship clubs Mid­dles­brough, Derby and Ip­swich have all been linked with a move for the Scot­tish B in­ter­na­tional this sum­mer.

But Boyd re­turned to pre-sea­son train­ing with the rest of the se­nior Posh squad yes­ter­day and in­sisted he would give 100 per cent to the cause while he re­mained at London Road.

Posh di­rec­tor of foot­ball Barry Fry re­vealed re­cently that he has been or­dered by club chair­man Dar­ragh MacAn­thony to have one more go at per­suad­ing Boyd to ex­tend his stay.

But Boyd in­sists that no meet­ing has yet been ar­ranged. Boyd said: “I’m a Peter­bor­ough player for one more year and I don’t mind if I stay at the club for the whole sea­son.

“I’m not go­ing to cause trou­ble and I’m not go­ing to make a fuss about mov­ing. I will con­tinue to give the club ev­ery­thing while I am here.

“I have heard that Barry wants to meet me, but noth­ing has been ar­ranged. As things stand I am here for next sea­son and un­til any­thing changes I will give 100 per cent as that’s the way I am.

“It’s flat­ter­ing that Cham­pi­onship clubs are in­ter­ested in me, but I won’t let that af­fect my per­for­mances for Peter­bor­ough.”

Only Mid­dles­brough have so far made a firm bid for Boyd, but Posh re­jected an of­fer of £1 mil­lion plus an­other mil­lion in add ons.

If Boyd stays to the end of next sea­son with­out re­new­ing his con­tract he would be en­ti­tled to leave London Road for noth­ing. Posh are be­lieved to want a fee in ex­cess of £2 mil­lion for a player they signed from Steve­nage for £265,000 in Jan­uary, 2007.

Steve­nage would be en­ti­tled to a siz­able chunk of any trans­fer fee as part of that deal.

FOR­MER West Ham United mid­fielder Mark Rob­son has been ap­pointed to the Posh coach­ing staff. He will work along­side cur­rent coach Nicky Eaden.

Rob­son was sacked as Gilling­ham coach fol­low­ing their rel­e­ga­tion from League One last sea­son, but reap­pointed as as­sis­tant man­ager at Pri­est­field two weeks later.

The 40 year-old re­signed for per­sonal rea­sons three weeks ago. Posh have also ap­pointed Pete John­son, the brother of man­ager Gary John­son, to the post of chief scout.

The John­sons worked to­gether at Bris­tol City.

THE Posh trip to Colch­ester for a League One fix­ture has been brought for­ward 24 hours to Fri­day, Jan­uary 28 (7.45pm kick-off) at the request of the home club.

Colch­ester are ex­per­i­ment­ing with Fri­day night foot­ball to en­cour­age big­ger gates.

HE’S BACK: Ge­orge Boyd pic­tured at the start of Posh pre-sea­son train­ing yes­ter­day.

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