LOYAL goalkeeper Mark Tyler is determined to prove that Posh manager Darren Ferguson is wrong to relegate him to third choice for the new season in League One.
LOYAL goalkeeper Mark Tyler is determined to prove that Posh manager Darren Ferguson is wrong to relegate him to third choice for the new season in League One.Transfer-listed Tyler, a London Road servant for 13 years and almost 500 matches, has been left out of the first-team trip to the Marbella summer training camp.
Ferguson has instead taken England squad member Joe Lewis and young Irish prospect James McKeown leaving Tyler training with the the youth team alongside the other out-of-favour players.
Tyler said: "These things happen in football and I don't have any hard feelings towards anyone, but I've said before I'm not rushing to get away.
"I have two years left on my contract and I love playing at Posh so it's just a case of me knuckling down in training and seeing what happens.
"It does look like I'm third choice at the moment, but things can change quickly in football. If I'm still here at the start of the season I will just work hard and try force my way back in contention."
Tyler is the second highest appearance-maker in Posh history behind legendary winger Tommy Robson. He made 21 appearances for his sole professional club last season before losing his place to Posh record signing Joe Lewis.
Lewis, a 400,000 capture from Norwich City in January, is a certainty to start the League One campaign as first-choice after making his England Under 21 debut and forcing his way into the senior international squad in May.
McKeown's elevation to back-up is more of a surprise. The Irish youth team international has just 20 minutes of first-team action to his name after coming on as a substitute when Lewis picked up an injury in a match against Wrexham.
Posh have had little interest in Tyler (31) since he went on the transfer list. Only Blue Square Premier League club Rushden & Diamonds have made an inquiry and they wanted to take the player on loan with Posh paying half his wages.
Posh currently have four goalkeepers on the books with Shwan Jalal – like Tyler – on the transfer list.
Central defender Chris Westwood is not expected to resume full training until later in the week after picking up a calf strain.