‘Average’ Kgosi seeks huge improvement

Peterborough United's Kgosi Ntlhe is sent off for a second bookable offence against Colchester last season.

Peterborough United's Kgosi Ntlhe is sent off for a second bookable offence against Colchester last season.

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Kgosi Ntlhe’s 2014-15 campaign included 30 appearances, one goal and two red cards.

And the Posh left-back, who at the age of 21 and after making his debut for the club just three years ago, is the third longest-serving player at the ABAX Stadium, described those statistics, as well as his own form, as ‘average’.

And Ntlhe knows that ‘average’ will not get Posh back to the Championship.

Ntlhe said: “I’m a senior player here now and one of my jobs is to explain to new players how things work at this club.

“We all believe that hard work is the key to success and that we won’t get back to the Championship without it.

“It’s what we all want, but we don’t discuss it amongst ourselves because we don’t have to. We all know what the aim is next season.

“We are like a big family here. We support each other all the time.

“Last season I was average. I didn’t play as much as I wanted to and I didn’t play as well as I wanted to.

“I had a hamstring injury which took a while to get over and that didn’t help and nor did the red cards.

“My season finished early because of the second red card at Barnsley, but I came back early to pre-season training in order to get a head start.”

Ntlhe, who has won full South African international caps , graduated from the Posh Academy and made his first team debut in a Championship fixture against Watford in April 2012.

Only Joe Newell and Shaun Brisley of the current squad made their Posh debuts earlier than that.

Centre-back Gaby Zakuani made his first Posh debut in September, 2008, but left the club briefly for a spell in Greek football.

Zakuani, along with midfield strongman Michael Bostwick, are candidates for the Posh captaincy following the transfer listing of last season’s skipper Jack Payne.

Manager Dave Robertson intends to appoint a club captain and an on-field skipper.