POSH INTERVIEW: Elder wants to extend his stay at Peterborough United

Callum Elder celebrates his goal for Posh against Doncaster. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Callum Elder celebrates his goal for Posh against Doncaster. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
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On-loan left-back Callum Elder is keen to extend his loan spell at Peterborough United until the end of the season.

Elder’s current loan spell from Premier League leaders Leicester City is due to expire on January 4. The 20-year-old Australian is not aware of any ongoing discussions between the clubs which will lead to a prolonged stay.

On-loan left-back Callum Elder in action for Posh against Gillingham. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

On-loan left-back Callum Elder in action for Posh against Gillingham. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Elder has became a firm fans’ favourite thanks to some dashing attacking play and some solid defending. He’s made 19 Posh appearances so far and scored his first professional goal in the 4-0 win over Darren Ferguson’s Doncaster in October.

“My loan is up on January 4, but I definitely want to stay beyond that,” Elder stated. “I have loved playing for this club. It’s a very professionally run club with great ambition and I am playing with a great set of lads.

“We are playing well as individuals and as a team and we have given ourselves the platform to have a very successful season. We want to keep playing well, keep winning and keep moving up the table until we get to an automatic promotion place. I’d love to have a promotion on my record at my age.

“But no-one has spoken to me about extending my stay. I’m not looking into it too much as whatever will happen will happen. All I can do is get my head down, work hard and do my very best for the club while I’m here.

“The team play a midfield diamond system which suits me as I love to get forward. The management team want both full-backs to influence play as high up the field as possible and it’s been working well.

“But we know we have achieved nothing yet and we won’t achieve anything unless we keep working as hard as have been in the last few weeks.

“The manager wants us to be confident, but he keeps warning us about becoming complacent. I don’t think he will let that happen.

“We are in a good place at the moment though. The lads are hungry to get on the pitch every week and show what we can do.

“We have to keep winning to keep the pressure on the teams above us.”

Posh boss Graham Westley is confident dicussions will take place soon about keeping Elder at the ABAX Stadium. The only other specialist left-back at the club Kgosi Ntlhe is a long-term injury victim.

Posh host Shrewsbury in League One on Saturday (December 12) seeking a seventh successive win in all competitions.