Posh sign non-league centre-back

Highly-rated Wrexham centre-back Nathaniel Knight-Percival. Photo: Mike Capps
Highly-rated Wrexham centre-back Nathaniel Knight-Percival. Photo: Mike Capps
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Peterborough United have signed highly-rated Wrexham centre-back Nathaniel Knight-Percival.

The 25 year-old will join Posh in the summer on a free transfer once his current deal at the Racecourse Ground expires.

Knight-Percival was converted from a winger to a defender by former Wrexham boss Dean Saunders at the start of the current Blue Square Premier Division campaign.

He’s been a virtual ever-present in Wrexham’s strong bid to reclaim a place in the Football League this season.

Knight-Percival has scored five goals in 44 appearances for the Welsh club this season. He is particularly strong in the air.

Posh director of football Barry Fry said: “We have signed Nathaniel on a pre-contract and he will join us at the end of the current season.

“The manager went to watch Wrexham and Brighton in an FA Cup tie and liked what he saw of Nathaniel.”

Knight-Percival, a former Histon player, fits the type of player often targetted by Posh manager Darren Ferguson.

He’s only been a defender for the past nine months and Posh would be confident of improving him further.

Ferguson expects Gaby Zakuani (back injury) and George Boyd (dead leg) to be fit for Saturday’s Championship fixture at Coventry.

Striker Tyrone Barnett has received extensive treatment on the thigh muscle problem that forced him out of last weekend’s win over Leicester after just 30 minutes and has not yet been ruled out.

Posh are 10 points clear of the relegation zone with just six Championship matches to go, but Ferguson is keen for his players to keep focussed on finishing as high as possible.

Ferguson added: “One of the highlights of the season for me has been our ability to win a game when we most needed to.

“At no point during the season have we really been in danger of slipping into the bottom three and that’s a credit to the players.

“When we’ve been on a bad run we’ve always managed to pull a result out of the bag which says a lot about our mentality. The three home games we won in March have been massive for us.

“We may still need a point or two to be sure of staying up, but I also want us to finish as high as we possibly can. I want to take some decent momentum into next season.”

POSH have downgraded their home Championship clash with Watford on Saturday, April 21 to a Category B fixture. Adult admission prices for the final match of the season at London Road are now £23 (stands) and £18 (terrace), a reduction of £2 on normal prices.