Peterborough United’s dream of a homegrown playing squad boosted by their new Academy Two status

The award of an Academy Two status will propel Peterborough United nearer to their dream of a first team squad full of homegrown players.

Thursday, 15th July 2021, 12:07 pm
Posh Academy graduate Ricky-Jade Jones in action at Stamford this week. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Posh Academy graduate Ricky-Jade Jones in action at Stamford this week. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Posh have added two more Academy graduates to their senior ranks in the last week with last year’s under 18 skipper Charlie O’Connell and left-back Aaron Powell signing two year professional contracts.

The club believe Academy Two status will enhance the development of young players at London Road.

Posh are now eligible to enter a high quality Under 23 league which is expected to speed up the development of younger players.

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Charlie O'Connell scores for Posh from the penalty spot in an FA Youth Cup tie last season.

Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony said: “With our new Academy status & under 23 team the club is in its best place for over 20 years to produce and bring through proper home grown talent. Around 20% of the current Championship squad is talented home grown Posh players. It will be 50% plus inside five years.”

Posh currently have 31 professional players with 11 of them - Ronnie Edwards, Harrison Burrows, Ricky-Jade Jones, Idris Kanu, Kyle Barker, Will Blackmore, Benjamin Mensah, Charlie O’Connell, Aaron Powell, Dave Bodie and Hameed Ishola - having either graduated from the club’s Academy or having played for the youth team.

Not all will be included in Posh’s Championship squad.