New Peterborough United left-back Alan Sheehan admits he was surprised Bradford City let him join one of their rivals for a League One play-off place.
The 28 year-old’s last appearance for City came in an FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Reading, but he recently lost his place in manager Phil Parkinson’s preferred League One side.
As a result Sheehan was allowed to join Posh on loan until the end of the season yesterday (March 26) and he’s very happy, if a little surprised, with how things have panned out for him.
“There’s a real buzz around this place and it’s obviously a great place to be right now,” Sheehan said. “I was surprised to be allowed to join a team who are rivals for a League One place though. One minute I was playing in an FA Cup quarter final and then I was told I could go out on loan.
“The manager at Bradford knew that I had become frustrated at losing my place and I’m not one of those players who is happy to sit around and pick up a wage. I like to be involved so when the chance came to come to Peterborough I was happy to take it.
“I know I have no divine right to walk into the team though, especially as they are going so well at the moment, but I will be ready when required.
“There are only eight games left and the play-off push is really on. It’s a great time to pick up form and the job the new management team have done in a few short weeks is impressive. It’s a shame one of the wins came against Bradford, but I doubt anyone would have expected them to do as well as they have so quickly.
“Obviously I know Aaron Mclean well from Bradford and I’m not surprised that he has been successful. He’s a legend at Peterborough and he was always willing at Bradford to pass his knowledge down to the rest of the players.
“Aaron wouldn’t have expected to be coaching at this stage of his career, but he’s obviously thriving on it.”
Sheehan is a veteran of over 250 professional matches for Swindon, Notts County, Crewe, Leeds, Mansfield and Leicester as well as Bradford. He’s a dead ball expert and his presence will put pressure on young left-back Kgosi Ntlhe to keep up the high standard of his recent displays.