SHOCK AS GRANT IS RE­LEASED

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News - By ALAN SWANN alan.swann@jpress.co.uk @Alan­swan­net

POSH boss Dar­ren Fer­gu­son has de­fended his decision to make skip­per Grant Mccann avail­able for trans­fer.

Mid­fielder Mccann ad­mit­ted he was ‘in shock’ and con­firmed that he had not asked to leave London Road. The 32 year-old’s was the sur­prise name among eight play­ers who were placed on the trans­fer list af­ter meet­ing Fer­gu­son yes­ter­day.

The North­ern Ire­land in­ter­na­tional, who has one year on his cur­rent con­tract re­main­ing, led Posh to pro­mo­tion from League One in his first sea­son at the club (he scored in all three play-off matches) and he car­ried that form into the first half of last sea­son’s Cham­pi­onship cam­paign.

Full-backs Mark Lit­tle and Scott Grif­fiths, strik­ers David Ball and Nicky Ajose, and mid­fielder Matthew Breeze have also been told they can go. First-team reg­u­lars Ge­orge Boyd and Paul Tay­lor have had their wish to quit Posh granted.

Posh boss Fer­gu­son said: “I sup­pose Grant’s pres­ence on the trans­fer list will raise a few eye­brows, but all the de­ci­sions I have made have been with the good of the club in mind.

“Grant’s been a very in­flu­en­tial player for us, but the club has to move for­ward and I have to move play­ers on to make way for oth­ers.

“That’s the way foot­ball works. Telling play­ers they can leave is never easy, but I’m paid to make these de­ci­sions and my only con­cern is mak­ing the club stronger.

“Grant leav­ing does not mean a change of play­ing style and it has noth­ing to do with his age. I just have dif­fer­ent play­ers in mind for next sea­son.

“I want a right-back to chal­lenge Craig Al­cock and ob­vi­ously I need a striker now that three could be leav­ing, but we have play­ers in mind al­ready, it’s just a case of mak­ing things hap­pen.”

Mccann de­clined the op­por­tu­nity to speak to The Evening Tele­graph di­rectly, but used his Twit­ter ac­count to say: “Just to clar­ify, no I did not ask to leave! I’m in shock as much as any­one. Thank you for all the lovely tweets, but that’s foot­ball.”

Goal­keeper Joe Lewis, who helped Posh to three pro­mo­tions in his four and a half years at London Road, and striker Danny Mills have al­ready left Posh as their con­tracts had ex­pired.

Posh will ex­pect fees for all the play­ers on the trans­fer list apart from Breeze.

YOUTH team grad­u­ates Char­lie Coul­son and James Sage have ac­cepted pro­fes­sional con­tracts at Lon- don Road.

Mid­fielder Coul­son, who made his first team de­but in the final home match of last sea­son, will sign a two-and-a-half year deal on his 17th birth­day in Jan­uary.

De­fender Sage has signed a twoyear con­tract.

Posh re­view of the sea­son starts tonight on Pages 46/47

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