The play­ers are in place for a pro­mo­tion push

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

Posh chiefs are con­vinced they en­joyed one of the best trans­fer dead­line days in the club’s re­cent his­tory. It wasn’t just the qual­ity of the sign­ingsPosh­made- mid­field­erGe­orgeMon­cur, goal­keeper LukeMcGee­and­wingerNathan Oduwa all com­pleted loan moves to the ABAX Sta­dium - it was the fact they hung on to their star play­ers de­spite per­sis­tent in­ter­est fromCham­pi­onship and Pre­mier League clubs.

Posh chair­man Dar­ragh MacAn­thony re­vealed the club re­ceived 16 bids in to­tal for their top play­ers, but re­jected them all.

He­wouldn’tre­veal­whothe sub­ject of the bids were, but di­rec­tor of foot­ball Barry Fry was more forth­com­ing.

“There were­plenty of bids, for our play­ers,” Fry said. “But we re­sisted any temp­ta­tion to sell be­cause we want to give ournew­man­agerthebest­pos­si­ble chanceto build a pro­mo­tion-win­ning squad.

“We were de­ter­mined not to sell the likes of Jack Bald­win, Chris For­rester or Mar­cus Mad­di­son in this win­dow.

“We’ve signed some good play­ers, but keep­ing hold of our own was just as im­por­tant. It wasanex­cel­lent trans­fer win­dow for us.”

Posh came un­der fire in Jan­uary for sell­ing top scorer Conor Washington to Cham­pi­onship side QPR for £2.5 mil­lion late in the trans­fer win­dow. His move co-in­cided with a slump in Posh form.

ButMacAn­tho­ny­is­de­lighted to have avoided a sim­i­lar sce­nario.

He said: “We had 16 bids in 72 hours for our play­ers and we kept say­ing ‘no’.

“It’s time now for me, the fans old and new, and the city coun­cil in Peter­bor­oughto­get be­hind the club and pro­pel it back to the Cham­pi­onship.”

Posh boss Grant McCann was pleased with the trans­fer deal­ings com­pleted by the club, but also re­lieved he can now con­cen­trate on or­ches­trat­ing a pro­mo­tion push with­out the dis­trac­tion of po­ten­tial com­ings and go­ings.

In a new rule for this sea­son, clubs can’t sign l oan play­ers be­fore Jan­uary, un­less they have a goal­keep­ing emer­gency.

McCann said: “I’m glad it’s all over. We have done some good work in the trans­fer win­dowandwe­knowwhatwe have to work with for the next few months which is a re­lief.

“I’m de­lighted with the play­ers we signed. Ge­orge Mon­cur was ob­vi­ously a main tar­get of mine in the sum­mer and Luke McGee and Nathan Oduwa have great po­ten­tial.

“Luke has been i n and around the Spurs first-team squad for two sea­sons, while I watchedNathanplay­forRangers last sea­son and was very im­pressed.

“Nathan is a crowd-pleaser. Some­oftheskills hehasal­ready shown in train­ing took the breath away.

“We also have Lee An­gol and Brad In­man to come back from in­jury. Their re­turn will be like sign­ing two new play­ers.”

Shaquile Coulthirst has fallen out of favour at Posh.

Chris For­rester.

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