POSH are keen to extend the loan period of Manchester United midfielder Ryan Tunnicliffe.
The 18 year-old’s current deal at London Road expires in January, but Posh will keep him until the end of the season subject to agreement from United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, the father of Posh boss Darren Ferguson, and the player.
Tunnicliffe has started just three Championship matches so far this season, but he is expected to get the nod for today’s fixture at Watford.
Ferguson said: “Ryan loves it here and he has done fine. We are working on keeping him here for the second half of the season.
“We might have to play him some more to make it happen though! My father is always asking me why he isn’t playing, but he accepts my reasons.
“I am confident that Ryan will have an impact here. He certainly made an impact as a substitute last weekend against Leeds and it’s clear he is good enough for the Championship.”
Tunnicliffe has accepted his role as a bit-part player so far this season, but he’s now seen what the Championship is all about and is keen to play more regularly.
“I’ve had to be patient,” Tunnicliffe admitted. “But to be fair to the rest of the lads, the team has played really well in most games so it’s been hard to break in.
“I didn’t play so well in my last start against West Ham. The Championship is faster, more physical and tougher than what I’ve been used to, but there’s plenty of quality as well.
“I’ve enjoyed it here and as for staying that’s something I’d definitely consider. I just want to play and if it’s here than that’s fine.”
Ferguson also expects on-loan left-back Tom Kennedy to make an impact in the first team soon. Kennedy has yet to make an appearance since returning to London Road on loan from Leicester earlier this month.
He did however star in a goalless draw in a reserve team friendly at Cambridge this week.
Ferguson added: “Tom is an excellent player. He cruised through the reserve team game. He has a good left-foot and his one-on-one defending is outstanding.
“We are playing a right-footed left-back in the first team at the moment, but Craig Alcock has played very well. When Tom gets his chance he will do well for us.”
n TODAY’S opponents Watford signed Sunderland defender Nyron Nosworthy on loan yesterday.
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