CARL Piergianni has been given the chance to live every local schoolboy’s dream after signing professional forms with Peterborough United.
Centre-half Piergianni - who turned 18 on Monday - has excelled during two years in the youth system at London Road and his promise has now been recognised by new boss Gary Johnson with a one-year development contract.
Posh’s Under 18 Player of the Year was named in several first team squads towards the end of their doomed Championship campaign and the youngster will hope to help the team bounce straight back by winning promotion from League One.
It is all a far cry from just a few years ago when the former Stanground College pupil was turning out in the Peterborough and District Youth League for his boyhood club Powerleague.
“It is like a dream. So much has changed for me in such a short space of time, it is hard to believe,” he said.
“I actually started the Under 16 season with Powerleague before I got scouted to come to Posh and since then it has just been incredible.
“My 18th was on Monday and on Tuesday I was offered the contract, so it has to be the best birthday present I have ever had. I remember watching Posh as a kid with my family. We were all big fans and now I could be playing for them if I make the grade. It is just incredible.”
Piergianni’s father Franco was also a talented footballer who played locally and had at one time looked like making the grade as a professional.
Off-field distractions meant that never happened but it’s a mistake Piergianni Junior is determined not to make.
He added: “My dad is really proud of me. He was a really good footballer who could have made it but he did not do the right things off the pitch to realise that dream.
“I have learnt from that and will never make that mistake. There are still lots of areas of my game that I want to improve if I want to make the first team squad.
“There is still a long way for me to go but with a lot of work I think I can make it.”
Piergianni’s first ambition next season will be to make the first team squad and play a part in what he hopes will be another Posh promotion.
He said: “Everyone at the club was disappointed to go down but there is a real determination to get straight back to the Championship and I certainly think we have the players to do it.
“If I can play some small part in that and win myself a full contract then that would be perfect. But none of that will happen without a lot of work.”