New signing Miles Addison emerged the other side of a painful personal barrier by making his Peterborough United debut last night (November 24).
Addison (26), who has signed a one-month contract at Posh, has been plagued by a persistent knee injury for the last 12 months so getting through 90 minutes of Football League action for the first time since the beginning of May was a huge achievement.
He experienced an eventful game as he conceded a first-half penalty and then celebrated a second-half goal as Posh beat Barnsley 3-2.
After the game Addison revealed that he has turned the offer of professional contracts down recently because he was concerned he wouldn’t be able to himself justice.
“I could have been on the staff at a League One club on decent money now,” Addison revealed. “I’ve also had offers from other clubs, but I’ve turned them all down because I wanted to be sure my injury had healed before I signed for anyone.
“I’m not the sort of player who can just sit around and take the money. I need to be able to contribute to a club and do myself justice.
“It’s been a tough time. I haven’t played since the last game of last season. I’ve had a week here and there training at different clubs, but mostly I’ve been in the gym working alone.
“It’s been mentally very difficult, but I overcame a barrier last night.
“I was worried about starting a game. My family were worried as well, but the lads and the staff helped me get through it. They all knew I would be feeling the pace having not played for so long, but they looked after me.
“I wan’t at my best which was only to expected. I wouldn’t have conceded the penalty if I had been, but it was great to score, although by then I was too tired to celebrate properly. My legs felt so heavy at half-time I wasn’t sure I’d be able to get out for the second-half, but playing 90 minutes is massive for me.
“I know now that my injury is manageable. It’s probably been more of a mental concern that a physical one, but I’ve come through that now.
“I’ve only signed for a month, but I’m happy with that. I don’t know what the manager’s plans are, but there are a lot of centre-backs at the club.
“It will take me a while to get up to speed, but I’m in a win/win situation.
“If the club want me to stay and play that’s great, but if they don’t I’d still be grateful for them giving me a month of football. It’s great just to be a Posh player for now.
“It was exciting watching the squad train on Monday (November 23) and even more exciting playing with them. The fans are in for a treat with the way this team attacks, but it’s also important that they have cool heads like Michael Bostwick in the squad.”
Addison hopes to be involved in the League One fixture at Scunthorpe on Saturday (November 28). The former Derby and Bournemouth defender played five games on loan for Scunthorpe at the start of last season.
“I’m going to get myself ready for Scunthorpe and do whatever is asked of me,” Addison added. “I enjoyed my time at Scunthorpe last season and I was just gaining some momentum when I picked up my injury.”
Posh have central defenders Ricardo Santos and Jack Baldwin available on Saturday after they both completed suspensions. Gaby Zakuani will be absent until the new year after undergoing an operation on a tendon injury.