Ex-pub footballer set to shine for Posh

David Norris in action on his Posh debut as a substitute against Rochdale. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
David Norris in action on his Posh debut as a substitute against Rochdale. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
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New Peterborough United signing David Norris is delighted to be back home.

The well-travelled veteran of over 450 competitive professional matches was born locally and lived in the city until he was 19. He was a regular on the local scene in both Saturday and Sunday football and was delighted to finally make his Posh debut at the age of 33 as a susbtitute in yesterday’s 2-1 League One win over Rochdale at The ABAX Stadium.

Norris has initially signed a short-term deal until the end of the season, but Posh will consider extending the deal if he performs well for the rest of the current campaign.

Norris, who was a free agent after having his contract cancelled by mutual consent at Leeds United, said: “This was a big day for me, Obviously I still have many family members and friends in the city and a lot were here supporting me.

“It’s a great move for me. It all happened a bit quickly after leaving Leeds, but I couldn’t be happier. I’d love to help my hometown club win promotion.

“I’m not looking too far ahead, but it was good to start with a win. My first aim is to get into the side regularly.”

Norris attended Jack Hunt School in Peterborough. He played in the Peterborough Sunday Morning League for the Lord Westwood pub at the age of 16 before Boston manager Steve Evans took him to York Street.

Boston sold Norris to Bolton for £50,000 in February 2000 and he went on to have a strong professional career with Hull, Plymouth, Ipswich, Portsmouth and Leeds United.

Norris has scored 61 goals in just over 450 professional games, but his last senior game before joining was a Capital One Cup tie for Leeds in August 2014. His contract at Elland Road was cancelled ny mutual consent last month.

Posh manager Darren Ferguson believes Norris will become the wise older head in the dressing room following the departure of popular midfielder Grant McCann.

“David is not our usual sort of signing (Norris is 34 next weekend), but myself and the chairman felt we needed some experience in midfield now Grant has gone,” Ferguson stated. “We are very young in that area. People forget that Jack Payne is only 23.

“I spoke to a lot of people in the game about David and they all said he was a good lad and a good player. He’s been captain of every club he’s played for which tells you a lot about his character.

“It’s a simple equation for him and us. We will try and extend the contract if he does well.”