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Michael Smith in action for Posh.
Michael Smith in action for Posh.
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Posh full-back Michael Smith insists anything but promotion will be viewed as a failure this season.

The 26 year-old believes the playing squad and the management team are in place to make the club’s dream of a return to the Championship come true.

And Smith, who was one of the playing successes of last season, is adamant it will be a stylish surge to the top two rather than the grind that has accompanied the last two ultimately disappointing seasons.

“We want to win games with style this season,” Smith said. “We want to put on a show for the fans.

“Anything but promotion will be seen as a failure in my eyes. We have no excuses as the playing squad is strong and we have the right management team in place.

“The lads were a little bit anxious at the end of last season as we weren’t sure who was going to be running the team, but the chairman has made the right decision in keeping Dave Robertson and Grant McCann. They work well together and the lads are really happy. Dave is a great motivator and a good coach, while Grant has done everything in the game as a player and he knows this club really well.

“I’m pleased that we have kept the vast majority of the squad together. The lads get on really well so the team spirit is excellent.

“Joe Gormley has been flying so he looks like an outstanding signing.

“The signs are good for a much better season. There were too many ups and downs last season and if we can get better consistency I am confident we will get up.

“Championship football is what we all want. That’s where our entire focus lies.“

Smith moved to Posh from Bristol Rovers last summer on a free transfer. He made 46 appearances in all competitions last season scoring one goal, in the 4-1 win at Crawley in October. He was deployed as a right back, left back, right wing-back and the right-sided centre-back in a three man central defence!

Smith prefers right-back and that’s where he feels he has most chance of winning his first senior Northern Ireland cap. He has represented his country at Under 23 level.

Like Gormley, Smith moved to the Football League from Irish football. Smith joined Bristol Rovers from Ballymena United.