Posh land one of the top signings of deadline day
Posh pulled off one of the League One transfer coups of deadline day by signing Barnsley midfielder George Moncur on loan until January. Posh bid £500k to buy the 23 year-old from Colchester in the summer, but the former West Ham Academy player choseinstead to moveintothe Championship.
But Moncur has failed to make an impression at Oakwell and Posh have now landed their major summer target for nothing, apart from a loan fee and wages.
Moncur has started just one game for Barnsley - a 2-1 defeat at home to Northamp- tonintheFootballLeagueCup - andhehasnotappearedatall in the Championship since a substitute appearance on the opening day of the campaign at Ipswich.
Moncur has now arrived at Posh despite several other League One clubs, including MK Dons, trying to sign him.
Posh manager Grant McCann, who played with Moncur’s fatheratWestHam, wasa bigfactorinpersuadingamidfielder whoscored14goals for Colchester last season to now choose the ABAX Stadium.
Moncur said: “The manager sold the style of play to me.
“Hewantsmetocreateand score goals and that’s exactly how I want to play.
“Peterborough are well knownfortheirattackingplay which also suits me down to the ground.
“It was a strange old day yesterday. TheBarnsley manager told metokeepmyphone handy so I knew there were clubs interested in signing me
“When the phone did ring it was simply a case of getting down here and signing as quickly as possible.
“I’m abit takeninbyitall to be honest.
“But I just want to play games and I’m absolutely delighted to be at Peterborough.
“I know they wanted to sign me when I chose to go to Barnsley which was another factor in my decision.
“I metGrantthenandliked what he had to say and now I just wantto play well andhelp this teamget wherethey want to be.
“I’m hereuntil Januaryinitially when I understand the clubs will review the situation so there is plenty of time for me to make my mark.
“I want to play well i n the blue shirt and win some matches.
“It’s a great starting fixture for me against Swindon as they like to play good football as well.”
Moncur has made 123 career appearances, 97 of them for Colchester, and scored 26 goals.
McCannisunderstandably thrilled to have finally got his man.
“I ’m delighted to have signed George,” McCann stated. “He can only add to our attacking threat which was already considerable.
“He’s good on the ball and very creative. He was excellent for Colchester last season and he was our main summer transfer target.”
Joe Gormley (right) in action for Posh against Boreham Wood.