Harry determined to be on his game

Harry Beautyman is keen to make a big impression in pre-season.

Harry Beautyman is keen to make a big impression in pre-season.

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The mid-season change of manager in February worked well for the likes of Ricardo Santos, Michael Bostwick and Gaby Zakuani.

It worked less well for the likes of Christian Burgess and Harry Beautyman.

Centre-back Burgess, a regular under Darren Ferguson, started just one match under Dave Robertson and has now been sold to League Two side Portsmouth. Beautyman, who mFerguson signed from Conference side Welling United, started just two games following the change of boss.

But the 23-year-old midfielder is not dwelling on last season. He’s looking ahead instead.

“There is no point second guessing what the management have in store in terms of team selection,” Beautyman said. “Everyone comes back to pre-season at the same point and it is down to us to try and impress.

‘We have a lot of pre-season friendlies to look forward to and as players that is what you want. You want to work your way up to full match fitness and we have a great opportunity to do that and also test ourselves against some quality opposition.

“Pre-season has gone very well so far. There have been some tough but enjoyable sessions. On the first day, it was great to see the footballs because you will go back to a lot of clubs on the first day of pre-season and just be made to run for the first couple of weeks. You can do a lot of fitness work with the ball involved and we have worked extremely hard.

“I gave myself a few weeks off in the summer, but then it was back to the running and the gym work to make sure I came back in good condition. The first day of pre-season is like the first day of school.”

Posh boss Dave Robertson added: “Competition for places is what I want this season.

“We have already signed a couple of new players and we have had a couple of triallists in for pre-season training.”