POSH’S U-TURN LEFT ‘FRECKS’ THRILLED

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your - Mark.plummer@jpress.co.uk

LEE Freck­ling­ton is thrilled by the turn­around in his Posh ca­reer.

The 26 year-old mid­fielder ap­peared cer­tain to leave London Road when trans­fer-listed fol­low­ing the club’s League One play-offs suc­cess al­most a year ago.

But Freck­ling­ton per­suaded man­ager Dar­ren Fer­gu­son into a change of heart af­ter im­press­ing in pre-sea­son train­ing and went on to play a full part in Posh’s sur­vival at Cham­pi­onship level.

There will be no such drama this sum­mer for the for­mer Lin­coln City man who has made it onto Fer­gu­son’s re­tained list for next sea­son.

He said: “I have had a bad time here on the whole so it was vi­tally im­por­tant for me to show ev­ery­one that I am a Cham­pi­onship-stan­dard player.

“I started the sea­son well and scored a few goals. Get­ting two in

d! YIBT AUCYYOB the away win at Portsmouth was a real high­light as it was the first time I’d scored twice in a game in my ca­reer.

“I was gut­ted my per­for­mances tailed off a bit as the sea­son went on but I know that was down to tired­ness.

“The pre­vi­ous sea­son had been dif­fi­cult and be­ing put on the trans­fer list was the sort of kick in the teeth that I prob­a­bly needed at the time.

“I knew I had to pull my fin­ger out and the man­ager gave me a chance to play. To get my­self into the team and start 38 games was a big achieve­ment for me.

“But I know I can’t be com­pla­cent, I need to keep my stan­dards very high and make sure I come back fly­ing again in the sum­mer like I did last year.”

Posh’s sur­vival, which was achieved with two matches to spare, was hailed as a ma­jor suc­cess, but Freck­ling­ton ad­mits he was slightly up­set not to fin­ish the cam­paign in a bet­ter po­si­tion than 18th spot.

Like many at London Road, he be­lieves fa­tigue played a big part in the club’s slump in form in the final months of the sea­son and he is con­fi­dent he can help Posh take the next step for­ward in 2012/13.

Freck­ling­ton added: “It is dif­fi­cult not to be a bit dis­ap­pointed that we didn’t fin­ish a bit higher af­ter start­ing the sea­son so well.

“The sea­son was men­tally drain­ing as well as hav­ing the phys­i­cal­ity of the matches es­pe­cially with the pres­sure of get­ting enough points to stay up.

“We al­ways knew the fact we’ve only re­ally had three weeks off in two years might mean we faded a bit to­wards the end, but we did what we had to do in the first half of the sea­son.

“I think we have es­tab­lished our­selves as a de­cent Cham­pi­onship club and the chal­lenge now is kickon for next sea­son.

“We know we have to im­prove and we know what we need to do to that.”

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