New four-year contract for exciting Peterborough United teenager

Peterborough United have moved to secure the future of excting young defender Ronnie Edwards.

Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 3:01 pm
Ronnie Edwards in League One action at MK Dons in December. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Ronnie Edwards in League One action at MK Dons in December. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Edwards today (May 18) signed a new four-year deal which ties him to the Weston Homes Stadium until 2025.

The 18 year-old has been most impressive in a handful of first-team appearances since moving from Barnet last summer. He started five matches, two of them in League One including the last-day 4-1 win at Doncaster Rovers.

It’s likely he would have played much more often in League One but for injury and two brushes with the coronavirus.

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Posh boss Darren Ferguson said: “When I sat down with the co-owners and Barry about who we wanted to offer new contracts to, Ronnie was one that we wanted to get sorted quickly. I am delighted. Ronnie has caught everyone’s attention with the calmness and maturity in which he plays.

“He has suffered some injuries which has been a hiccup for him and a real shame for the lad, because he would have featured a lot more. He is a big one for us because we see real potential in the boy. Thankfully, we have managed to get it done and get it done quickly and I am looking forward to continuing working with him next season.”

Edwards added: “I believe I am in the right place for my development. The manager has been brilliant with me. He gives young players an opportunity and I am looking forward to coming back in pre-season fit and raring to go. The players at the back have been fantastic this season. I have nothing but respect for what they have achieved and they have been really good with me, giving me advice and helping my game.

“When I got the opportunity to play this season, I wanted to show what I can do and show the manager what I can do. I know people watching me must think ‘what is he doing’ when I am on the ball in tight areas, but I have belief in what I can do. I am confident in possession and I am learning all the time.

“It was difficult picking up the injury so soon after the enforced break for Covid-19 over Christmas. I worked hard to get back fit before the end of the season and it was great to be involved on the final day against Doncaster. We have a lot of talented young players at the football club, they are great lads on and off the pitch and I have settled in so quickly.”