Professional Development contracts for young Peterborough United pair

Peterborough United have signed two members of their Academy Under 18 side on professional development contracts.

By Alan Swann
Monday, 16th May 2022, 7:39 am
Harry Thomas. Photo: Joe Dent/
Harry Thomas. Photo: Joe Dent/

Goalkeeper Will Lakin has signed a one-year deal, while central defender Harry Thomas has put pen to paper on a two-year contract. Both played for the club’s under 23 side this season.

Lakin joined Posh in 2016 and enjoyed a successful spell in men’s football with Yaxley FC earlier this season. He was on the substitutes’ bench for the Posh team on the final day of the season.

Thomas moved to Posh from the Bournemouth Academy.

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Will Lakin signs his prfessional development contract at Posh. Photo: Joe Dent/

Lakin said: “My loan spell at Yaxley improved me as a player. It got me used to playing men’s football, that competitive edge was something that I really enjoyed and obviously the physical side of the game was something that I felt I needed, particularly as a goalkeeper. It was something that I look back on now and feel it was an important step for my development.

“On the final day of the season it was unbelievable to be on the bench for the first team and I really enjoyed that experience. I had my family and friends there to watch and I am looking forward to working hard this summer and coming back raring to go for pre-season."]

Thomas said: “It is a really proud day for me and my family. When I had the opportunity to join Peterborough United, it was one that I wanted to grasp, you only have to look into the first team to see that there is a real pathway from the Academy and the under 23s.

“I am a defender that likes to play when I can, I look at someone like Ronnie Edwards who has done so well in the first team and it can be an inspiration. The challenge is to become a regular in the under 23s next season and keep learning and improving.”