New signing Jack Collison has tried to allay fears that long-term injury problems will affect his Posh performances
The 26 year-old hasn’t played competitively since May 3, 2014 because of a knee injury.
But the former West Ham midfielder insists he is fitter now than at any time in the last two seasons.
Collison said: “Obviously I’ve had a rough time recently, but I know my body now and I know that I am fitter than I have been in the last two years.
“I had to take a tough decision in January to give up trying to play and concentrate on getting my knee fully fit and I believe it has worked.
“I have been working on my fitness for the last few months so I will be ready to take a full part in pre-season and beyond. My biggest problem at first might be learning to kick a ball again!”
Collison has signed a one-year deal with Posh having an option of a second year.
The Welsh international has revealed that it was manager Dave Robertson’s vision for Peterborough United which was the decisive factor in persuading him to drop into League One.
He’s spent his entire professional career in the top two divisions of English football and he’s convinced he can return there with Posh.
Injury stopped him playing at all last season, but Collison is now raring to go again. The fact that he has returned to the club where it all started for him at the age of nine has made the move to the ABAX Stadium all the sweeter.
“It’s a fairytale,” Collison stated. “I started my career at Peterborough and it’s great to be back.
“I haven’t come back for sentimental reasons though. I’m here to win promotion and help the club back in the Championship.
“I was impressed with Dave Robertson when I met him. His vision was the same as mine.
“He doesn’t just want to get the club into the Championship he wants to keep them there and that was music to my ears.
“It’s a challenge I’m already looking forward to.”
Collison played over 50 Premier League games for West Ham. He moved to Ipswich last season, but didn’t play a game because of his knee injury.
He last played competitively when on loan at Wigan against Blackburn in a Championship game on May 3, 2014.