POSH LATEST: Legend Tyler re-kindles his love affair with Peterborough United
Mark Tyler is ready to resume his love affair with Peterborough United.
The 38 year-old goalkeeper - one of the most popular players in Posh history - officially re-joined the club today (March 8) as a player-coach, almost seven years since he left London Road to play for Luton Town.
Tyler made 486 appearances - the second highest total in the club’s history - in a first spell at Posh that lasted over 14 years. He’s not ruled out reaching 500 games.
“I love this club,” Tyler stated. “I always have and there is no other club that I would have left Luton to join. Luton were great in allowing me to leave - they know how much Posh means to me.
“I’m delighted the move has finally gone through. It went a bit quiet after the move nearly happened in January, but Luton wanted to get another goalkeeper in before letting me go and that’s happened now.
“I’m looking forward to working with the goalkeepers and I will try and help with some defensive coaching as well. Ben Alwnick is a top-class goalkeeper, although he hasn’t trained this week because of injury, and Stuart Moore and Dion Henry looked very sharp this morning.
“Dion probably needs to get some games somewhere, but I have seen some clips of Stuart’s performances in recent games and he looks very good. He’s a good size.
“I still fit and fresh enough to play games if I’m needed.
“I loved every minute of my time at Posh and I’ve always wanted to come back one day. I’m delighted my dream has come true.
“I’ve worked with some great coaches in my time so I have their ideas and some of my own. I’ve played almost 800 first-team games so I have plenty of experience to pass on and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Tyler will start working towards his coaching badges in the summer.
Posh boss Graham Westley was pleased to be able to welcome back a club legend. Westley said: “Mark is legendary at the club in terms of his past and now he is ambitious to build his career from playing into coaching and is anxious to have the opportunity to play as well so it fits perfectly.
“He knows the football club well and the football club knows all about him. He brings a wealth of goalkeeping expertise and he has the ambition to go into coaching so all of the boxes are ticked and we are delighted to have him here.”