New striker Kanu is happy to swap Old Traf­ford for the ABAX

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - THE FINAL PRE-SEASON PURCHASE - By Alan Swann alan.swann@jpress.co.uk @PTAlanSwann

He’s sam­pled life at Manch­ester United and West Ham United, but Idris Kanu is happy to be at Peter­bor­ough United.

The 17 year-old is re­garded as one of the hottest prospects in the coun­try, hence a spot at the renowned Ham­mers Academy and the chance to play for the Old Traf­ford U18s for whom he scored twice on his de­but.

But it’s first-team foot­ball that Kanu craves which is why he moved to Alder­shot of the Na­tional League as a 16 year-old and why he has now penned a three-year con­tract at the ABAX Sta­dium af­ter Posh agreed an undis­closed fee with the Shots.

“When you get the chance to play first-team foot­ball you take it,” Kanu stated. “And when you get the chance to join a club like Peter­bor­ough who give young play­ers such a great plat­form for fu­ture suc­cess you take that as well.

“Ob­vi­ously I en­joyed my time at West Ham and at Manch­ester United. United are the big­gest club in Eng­land so it was ex­cit­ing to get the chance to play for them.

“But I want to play men’s foot­ball so I’m happy to be at Peter­bor­ough where my aim is to get into the gaffer’s plans as quickly as pos­si­ble.

“I loved it at Alder­shot. They gave me the chance to play against more ex­pe­ri­enced men in a more phys­i­cal game. That has to be good for my de­vel­op­ment.”

Kanu played 31 times for an Alder­shot side that reached the Na­tional League play-offs last sea­son, scor­ing three goals. Kanu is the Shots’ youngest-ever first-team player (16 years and 308 days) and Posh boss Grant McCann was one of many Foot­ball League bosses to be­come se­duced by his po­ten­tial.

McCann be­lieves he is ready to play in the Foot­ball League now.

“I watched him last year at Alder­shot and the kid has un­be­liev­able abil­ity,” McCann en­thused. “We will try and nur­ture him, but we be­lieve he is ready for the first team now.

“For such a young lad to play so many games for Alder­shot speaks vol­umes. Credit to him as he left an academy to play league foot­ball and men’s foot­ball and there was a lot of in­ter­est in him, from Pre­mier League clubs too, so he showed a great de­sire to want to sign for Posh.

“He can play in any of the front three po­si­tions. He is quick, strong and can play with both feet. He is some­thing dif­fer­ent. He likes to get at de­fend­ers. He is tech­ni­cally very good.”

Posh man­ager Grant McCann watches new striker Idris Kanu sign his three-year con­tract.

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