Peterborough United FC have agreed a new three year contract with popular winger George Boyd (25). Manager Gary Johnson talks to the BBC’s Steve Fakes. Broadcast at 07:26 on Monday 12th July 2010 in the Peterborough Breakfast Show hosted by Paul Stainton on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.
PAUL: Now forget the World Cup. The white Pele is staying at London Road. George Boyd has agreed a new three year deal. The team spent the weekend in Portugal of course, from where manager Gary Johnson spoke to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire’s Steve Fakes. (TAPE)
STEVE: Great news coming from London Road today, George Boyd signing a three year deal. You must be a very happy man.
GARY: Yes I’m delighted. When I first came to the Club it was already talked about that he wasn’t at the Club, he wouldn’t be at the Club for the following seasons, so credit to Peterborough United really, in that they’ve turned it right the way around and now he’s signed a new contract with us. So it’s a bonus that I wasn’t expecting, and a high quality bonus at that.
STEVE: I think a lot of fans wouldn’t be expecting it either. What made George reconsider his future?
GARY: Well of course you’ll have to ask George that, but we like to think that he was happy with new players that he’d seen coming in, he was happy with the new regime, and our training methods and our philosophy. Of course Barry Fry and the Chairman and myself have been in term for a little while now, obviously Barry and the Chairman for a little while longer, and the lads seem happy. The last week or so it became a little bit clearer that actually he was willing to listen. And Chairman, credit to him, has come up with a deal that suits everybody, and we have George Boyd at our club now, and a very happy George Boyd, and that’s always good, because it shows Peterborough United in a great light, inside the Club, outside the Club, that you can keep your better players and then be happy about it. That’s the important thing.
STEVE: He spent a few months on loan at Notts Forest as we know last season, a pretty tough time for him, not always being in the team. Do you think that made him appreciate his time at Posh a bit more?
GARY: I think so. I think he was a little bit of a victim of circumstances there. There’s a transfer committee, and a manager, and with all due respect they don’t seem to be totally together. George was unlucky, and maybe as you say it made him see a situation in a different light. He loves his football. He loves training. He likes playing football, so he needs to be at a club where he’s going to be happy, and footballers always like to be happy, especially when they like playing football. George has obviously chosen the Club now as a place to be happy. (LIVE)
PAUL: Gary Johnon talking to Steve Fakes over the weekend. George Boyd has signed a new three year contract. It can only be good news.