Peterborough United’s ‘Fergie fledglings’ to return to training as club start preparations for 2020-21 season

Hot young Posh property Flynn Clarke (seated, left).Hot young Posh property Flynn Clarke (seated, left).
Hot young Posh property Flynn Clarke (seated, left).
Peterborough United’s young talent will return to training on July 6 to ensure they are ready for the challenge of breaking into the first-team when the League One 2020-21 season starts.

Club owners Darragh MacAnthony, Dr Jason Neale and Stewart ‘Randy’ Thompson believe the 10 youngsters will benefit from one-on-one coaching with first-team boss Darren Ferguson.

The players involved are Idris Kanu, Serhat Tasdemir, Ricky-Jade Jones, Flynn Clarke, Harrison Burrows, Kyle Barker, Sam Cartrwight, Bobby Copping, Archie Jones and Bradley Rolt.

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Rolt and Archie Jones have signed one-year pro deals after emerging from the club’s Academy. Kanu is 20, the rest are all teenagers.

Idris Kanu in action for Posh.Idris Kanu in action for Posh.
Idris Kanu in action for Posh.

The players, Ferguson, plus one coach and sports science staff will be taken off furlough to enable them to take part in the project. The club will pay for Covid-19 testing twice a week for all involved, while the training ground will be upgraded to to ensure all facilities meet the standards required to thwart the coronavirus.

Training will take place daily. A date for the senior players to return to training will be set when the club knows when the new campaign will start. The EFL are due to discuss a start date with clubs this week.

MacAnthony has confirmed the plans to the Peterborough Telegraph. MacAnthony instigated the idea believing it would be of massive benefit to this generation of Posh youngsters to have the chance to improve technically, physically and mentally by receiving one-on-one attention from the manager.

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It has cost the club around £50k to set up, but MacAnthony and his partners are determined to have the entire squad in prime shape for when competitive football returns. They believe football must return at the earliest opportunity.

The partners believe at least half-a-dozen of the named young players will be first-team squad regulars next season.

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