McCann leaves Posh for club he supported as a boy

Grant McCann is expected to leave Posh for Linfield.
Grant McCann is expected to leave Posh for Linfield.
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Veteran Peterborough United midfielder Grant McCann has today (January 14) joined Irish Premiership side Linfield on a free transfer.

The 34 year-old was an outstanding player for Posh since moving to the club from Scunthorpe United in June 2010. He was one of the first signings made by former Posh manager Gary Johnson.

McCann made 185 appearances for Posh, scoring 35 goals, most famously in the League One play-off final victory over Huddersfield in May 2011.

But the Northern Ireland international has become surplus to requirements at Posh. He’s started just two games this season and not appeared at all since the home game with Scunthorpe on November 1.

McCann wass in the second year of a two-year deal at Posh. He has been coaching the club’s youth team players this season.

McCann’s London Road contract was cancelled by mutual consent this afternoon. He’s joined Linfield until the end of the current season.

“It’s a sad day in a way,” McCann stated. “I’ve had four-and-a-half great years at Peterborough. There have been a few ups and downs, but generally it’s been very good.

“But I need to be playing regularly and for whatever reason that hasn’t happened this season. I want to thank the staff and players at Peterborough for making me and my family feel so welcome, but a special mention must go to the fans who have always been great with me. I will never forget you.

“Linfield are the only other club I would have joined. They are the team I supported as a boy and the team I still support.

“I’ve always fancied playing for them and I wanted it to happen while I was still in good shape.

“My brother has won the Irish title with them and I’d love to do the same.”

Linfield are currently second in the Irish Premiership.