SHOCK AS GRANT IS RELEASED
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