TOMLIN VOWS TO GET BETTER
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.
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MORE TO COME: From Posh’s Lee Tomlin next season.