TOM­LIN VOWS TO GET BET­TER

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - By MARK PLUMMER mark.plummer@jpress.co.uk

LEE Tom­lin has promised to be­come the com­plete Posh player next sea­son.

Tom­lin has been left be­moan­ing too many in­con­sis­tent per­for­mances dur­ing a cam­paign in which he helped the city club clinch Cham­pi­onship safety for just the sec­ond time in their his­tory.

The 23 year-old did hit nine goals though in­clud­ing a hat-trick in a mem­o­rable 7-1 tele­vised thrash­ing of Ip­swich last Au­gust. His haul also in­cluded a thun­der­bolt past for­mer Eng­land goal­keeper David James in a triumph at Bris­tol City.

He signed off with a classy per­for­mance in a 1-1 draw at Derby County in the club’s final out­ing on Satur­day and has set his sights on reach­ing those stan­dards on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

Tom­lin said: “I know that I have been too in­con­sis­tent this sea­son.

“I had spells where I re­ally strug­gled, but I man­aged to score nine times and I am happy with that re­turn.

“I was not too far off be­ing top scorer for the club de­spite the fact that I don’t think I per­formed any­where near my best, so I know there is a lot more to come from me.

“It can be dif­fi­cult to play in that po­si­tion just be­hind the front man to get the ball and it can get frus­trat­ing at times, but I am work­ing hard to try and im­prove my game.

“I thought I did well at Derby in the last match and I’ll be happy if I can start per­form­ing like that week in, week out next sea­son.”

Tom­lin is rel­ish­ing the prospect of a long a break to recharge his bat­ter­ies af­ter a hec­tic first cou­ple of years as a Posh player.

He was snapped up from Rush­den & Di­a­monds by for­mer boss Gary John­son on the eve of the 2010/11 sea­son and quickly ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions.

Tom­lin was handed a bumper new deal soon af­ter the re­turn of Dar­ren Fer­gu­son in Jan­uary 2011 but ad­mits he and his cur­rent boss don’t al­ways see eye to eye.

He added: “It has all hap­pened very quickly for me at this club and I need the break now.

“When I first ar­rived at the club Gary told me not to ex­pect to be in­volved too much in the first few months here as I had to get up to speed fit­ness-wise.

“I am start­ing to get used to Dar­ren now. We get on each other’s nerves at times, but we both want to win so much and that is healthy.

“This is a mas­sive league and I am en­joy­ing ev­ery minute of play­ing in it and I can’t wait for the new sea­son to start.”

Tom­lin is one of only three for- wards to ap­pear on Posh’s re­tained list for next sea­son along­side mil­lion-pound man Ty­rone Bar­nett and Emile Sin­clair.

Con­tract rebel Paul Tay­lor, Nicky Ajose and David Ball have all been put up for trans­fer.

Posh re­view of 2011/12 -

see pages 54/55

MORE TO COME: From Posh’s Lee Tom­lin next sea­son.

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