NEW striker Ben Wright insists he's better off at Posh than Premier League Fulham.
NEW striker Ben Wright insists he's better off at Posh than Premier League Fulham.Wright admits dejection turned to delight last week when Fulham abandoned their 50,000 transfer bid only for Posh to step in and offer to sign him 30 minutes later.
Both clubs had been alerted by the 20 year-old's free-scoring form for Blue Square South side Hampton & Richmond.
Fulham manager Roy Hodgson claims he backed out of the deal in the best interests of the player and Wright agreed.
Wright, who was studying sports science at the University of Winchester before fulfilling his dream of becoming a professional footballer, said: "I was set to sign for Fulham.
"I'd met the players and the manager and I was going to play for their reserves one afternoon when they just pulled out of the deal in the morning.
"I was devastated, but 30 minutes later Peterborough had come in for and I was all excited again. I just want to be a professional footballer and I am probably better off at this club as they have an amazing record of developing players from the non-league.
"I don't know what went wrong at Fulham. I didn't fail a medical, but it's probably turned out for the best.
"It will be a challenge getting into the first team because the forwards score so many goals here, but I'm a confident man and I'll give it a real go.
"Anyway it's not about me. If I sit on the substitutes' bench for the rest of the season and we go up I will be happy.
"It's a great opportunity for me and I intend to make the most of it. Obviously it's totally different to what I'm used to.
"We used to train twice a week at Hampton and then play on Saturday, but I'm sure I will be fine once I settle down."
Wright is a good technical player and a consistent finisher. He was described by former West Ham midfielder Alan Devonshire as the best player he'd ever seen at non-league level.Hodgson liked what he saw when Wright turned up at Fulham, but insisted he backed out of the deal only after Posh's interest became known.
Hodgson said: "Ben is a very talented young man and we had a good look at him, but I became aware that Peterborough were also on the scene.
"They had been pursuing him for longer than us so it didn't seem right that we were stepping in front of them. We then stepped aside because Peterborough will offer him more opportunity – it's definitely a better move for the player's career."
Wright faces a fight to dislodge any of the fab three from the Posh forward line. Craig Mackail-Smith and George Boyd are both ever-presents this season, while Aaron Mclean has only missed games when injured.
Wright has a chance of making the substitutes' bench when Posh host Carlisle in League One on Saturday.