The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your - By ALAN SWANN

NEW Posh sign­ing Nathaniel Knight-per­ci­val will rel­ish the chal­lenge of the Cham­pi­onship.

The club’s first sum­mer cap­ture signed a two-year con­tract at London Road yes­ter­day af­ter leav­ing Blue Square Premier Di­vi­sion side Wrex­ham on a free trans­fer.

Knight-per­ci­val has over 200 ca­reer first-team ap­pear­ances to his name, but he has not yet played a sin­gle game in the Foot­ball League.

The 25 year-old was a left-winger for His­ton for five sea­sons be­fore he was con­verted to a cen­tre-back role af­ter sign­ing for Wrex­ham in the sum­mer of 2010.

His per­for­mances as a rookie de­fender im­pressed Posh man­ager Dar­ren Fer­gu­son so much he ef- fec­tively signed Knight-per­ci­val in Jan­uary.

“I signed a pre-con­tract deal in Jan­uary af­ter meet­ing Dar­ren,” Knight-per­ci­val stated.

“He didn’t say a great deal to me, but the fact that wanted to take me into the Cham­pi­onship was a real boost to my con­fi­dence.

“It’s a mas­sive step-up for me, but it’s one I feel ready to take. Peter­bor­ough have a habit of find­ing play­ers in the lower di­vi­sions who can per­form much higher and hope­fully I will be one of those.

“I’m de­lighted to be here and I am look­ing for­ward to prov­ing my­self in the Cham­pi­onship. There are some big teams and some great places to visit, but I’m look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge.

“It will be a test for me of course, but I will knuckle down in the sum­mer and try my hard­est to get into the first team as soon as I can.

“I was a winger or wide mid­fielder for five or six years but Dean Saun­ders and Brian Carey at Wrex­ham saw some­thing in me and switched to cen­tre-back.

“I played a few games last sum­mer there and then started the league sea­son at the back and to be hon­est I can’t be­lieve how well it went for me.

“I barely missed a game last sea­son and the only dis­ap­point­ment was not go­ing up even though we fin­ished on 98 points.

“I like to think I’m good in the air, that I can read the game and I’m not slow.

“I’m def­i­nitely ex­cited to be here, Dean Keates was my team-mate at Wrex­ham and he told me he had one of the best pe­ri­ods of his ca­reer at London Road.”

Knight-per­ci­val is the first of nu­mer­ous close sea­son sign­ings Posh are ex­pected to make ahead of their July train­ing camp in Por­tu­gal.

Posh are keep­ing their trans­fer cards close to their chest though. The club have not com­mented on re­ports that they have bid for freescor­ing Fleet­wood striker Jamie Vardy, scorer of 31 goals in 34 starts for the Blue Square Premier Di­vi­sion cham­pi­ons last sea­son.

FIRST AR­RIVAL: Posh’s first sum­mer sign­ing, Nathaniel Knight-per­ci­val, is pic­tured at London Road yes­ter­day. Picture: Joe Dent/ www.the­p­

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