Crawley’s loss has been a Posh gain

Harry Anderson in action with Barnsley's George Smith.
Harry Anderson in action with Barnsley's George Smith.
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Crawley FC almost ruined Harry Anderson’s career before it had started.

The promising Posh youngster was a member of Crawley’s youth academy when it was controversially scrapped at the end of the 2013-14 season.

That decision led to a mad scramble for a place elsewhere and Anderson (18) was one of the lucky ones.

“I had a trial at Watford after leaving Crawley,” Anderson revealed. “But that came to nothing. It was a tough time for me, but I never give up.

“My whole life had revolved around football and luckily I was given a six-week trial at Peterborough and from there I was given a scholarship.

“I still didn’t imagine then that I would be where I am now.

“To be in and around the first-team squad so quickly is incredible really. The time has flown by and to be given a professional contract so soon is obviously very pleasing.

“The management staff and players have been great with me.

“Dave Robertson just told me to work hard and enjoy it ahead of my first-team debut and I try not to approach the first-team games any differently to the youth team and under 21 matches.

“There is obviously a big jump between the under 21s and the first team.

“You are playing against experienced players who have a good understanding of the game.

“Michael Bostwick has taken me under his wing though which is good of him. He is always encouraging me and the key for me now is to maintain my form and stay in the first team squad.”

The Posh players quickly nick-named Anderson ‘Desire’ as they saw a young player who was not going to let anything get in the way of dreams.

“As nick-names go, I have to be happy with that,” Anderson added. “Even growing up I knew that I would get nowhere without putting the effort and hard work in.

“I also owe a lot to my dad who used to drive me everywhere. I wouldn’t have got this far without his support.”

Anderson (18) made his Posh first-team debut as a late substitute in Robertson’s first game as manager, a 2-0 home win over Bradford City.

He made his full debut in the 2-0 defeat at Scunthorpe on Good Friday. He has now made eight appearances, four as a substitute