Posh land one of the top sign­ings of dead­line day

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - By Alan Swann alan.swann@jpress.co.uk @PTAlanSwann

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.

Ge­orge Mon­cur.

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