PREVIEW: Posh could hand Forrester a debut in the New Den

New Posh signing Chris Forrester (right) with manager Dave Robertson. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

New Posh signing Chris Forrester (right) with manager Dave Robertson. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

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New Peterborough United signing Christopher Forrester could make his debut in tomorrow’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy first round tie at Millwall (September 1, 7.45pm kick-off).

Forrester, who signed a three-year deal to complete a move from League of Ireland side St Patrick’s Athletic over the weekend, is an attacking midfielder who can perform in a central position or out wide. He could be needed at the New Den as teenager Jermaine Anderson is away with England Under 20s and there is continued speculation over the future of top scorer Marcus Maddison.

Posh admitted over the weekend that they would sell Maddison if the price is right. Sunderland are understood to be heading a list of clubs who have shown an interest in the 21 year-old. The deadline for permanent transfers is 6pm tomorrow. Posh are also understood to be chasing the signature of a Premier League wide player on loan.

It’s likely that Michael Bostwick will move back into the centre of midfield at Millwall to replace Anderson with Tobi Adebayo-Rowling returning to the starting line-up at right-back. Welsh international midfielder Jack Collison might struggle to play a third game in eight days leaving the way open for a Forrester debut.

Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony described Forrester as the ‘best player in the League of Ireland’, while manager Dave Robertson was also happy with his new arrival. Forrester watched Posh draw 1-1 at home to unbeaten League One side Gillingham on Saturday (August 29).

Robertson said: “Christopher is full of energy and he’s scored 12 goals in 24 games for St Patrick’s this season so he’s match fit and raring to get started. He’s a strong attacking player who I’m sure will do a good job for us.

“The Johnstone’s Paint Trophy is a competition we want to do well in, but it’s also important that we maintain the standards we set against Gillingham. We played with the sort of intensity and spirit we need to show in every game.

“Millwall away won’t be an easy game, but we will be positive to make sure we get through to the next round.”

Out-of-favour Harry Beautyman is another central midfield option tomorrow. Posh are still negotiating the sale of last season’s skipper Jack Payne to Leyton Orient.

Central defender Jack Baldwin trained with the Posh first-team for the first time since damaging knee ligaments in a League One game against Scunthorpe on November 1, 2014. He is thought to be at least a month away from a first-team return.