POSH LATEST: January sales won’t de-rail the Peterborough United promotion push

The sale of  star player Matthew Etherington (blue) didn't stop Posh winning promotion.
The sale of star player Matthew Etherington (blue) didn't stop Posh winning promotion.
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Graham Westley insists Peterborough United fans shouldn’t be scared of January player sales.

It seems likely that Posh will lose a star man or two in the new year, but Westley believes that losing top players will not necessarily de-rail a promising promotion push, especially as he expects to be able to bring replacements to the ABAX Stadium pretty much straight away.

Conor Washington is a potential Posh player sale in January.

Conor Washington is a potential Posh player sale in January.

In-form Posh striker Conor Washington was this week reported to be a transfer target of Championship clubs Birmingham City, Cardiff City and Wolves.

“The fans shouldn’t be scared of player sales,” Westley stated. “I have experience of building successful sides even after losing top players.

“I once sold Steve Morison from Stevenage after he’d scored 30 goals a season for us.

“I did it partly because I knew we would be better without him. He was a top player for us, but when you only have one scoring threat it can be easy to stop you.

“That doesn’t apply to us because we have scoring threats all over the pitch, but if, for instance, Conor Washington left, we would replace him.

“We are a selling club, but we are also a club that has one aim this season and that’s to win promotion.

“I took the job knowing that we could have to sell players. I am convinced I have a squad currently capable of winning promotion and that will still be the case at the end of January.”

Twelve different Posh players have scored League One goals this season. They are Miles Addison, Jermaine Anderson, Lee Angol, Michael Bostwick, Souleymane Coulibaly, Callum Elder, Chris Forrester, Marcus Maddison. Erhun Oztumer, Jon Taylor, Conor Washington and Gaby Zakuani.

Posh also have history of making big player sales and still achieving promotion.

Teenage stars Simon Davies and Matthew Etherington were transferred to Premier League Spurs for a combined fee of £1.2 million in December 1999.

Five months later Posh were celebrating promotion from the old Division Three after a play-off final success against Darlington at Wembley.

Current Posh director of football Barry Fry was the first-team manager then.

Fry said: “We will only be selling players if the price is right. That has always been the way and we’ve still managed to enjoy success.”

Posh are closing in on the signing of 21 year-old Histon winger Jordan Nicholson. Nicholson has been on trial at Posh this week and club officials have confirmed contract talks with the player have begun after the clubs agreed a fee.

Nicholson has scored 14 goals for Histon of the Evo Stik Southern Premier Division this season after moving from United Counties Premier Division side Eynesbury in the summer.