Peterborough United have today confirmed the signing of Gateshead winger Marcus Maddison for an undisclosed fee, on a four-year contract.
The siging was revealed in typical fashion by Chairman Darragh MacAnthony on twitter. The Irish businessman built up to the announcement by first writing out some of the non-league talent Posh had previously brought in.
Before the Chairman posted a picture of himself and The Posh’s newest recruit.
Manger Darren Ferguson also spoke to the club’s official website of his delight at capturing the winger:
“‘He is a really good player and I really like him. He is a good age, 20-years-old, fits the bill in terms of what we are after. He has been to Newcastle, gone to Gateshead and done very well. He is a player that has had a go at the big time, didn’t quite work out as he had hoped but he has gone into the non-league and is on his way back up again.
‘He has come to our attention, we have had him watched and done our homework and is a very talented boy. He can play on the right, up front, on the left or in the number 10 role. He has two decent feet, but his left-foot is definitely better.
‘He has good balance, good skill, pace and we feel this could be a really good signing for us. The one thing we like about him when we watched him was the positions that he takes up. He understands the game. He plays in between people, he knows how to find space and he can score goals.
‘It is important that he understands how we play. We have different formations and he will fit in well. I am pleased to have him on board and looking forward to working with him,’ Ferguson said.
The 20-year-old is known for his attacking flair and versatility, and has also scored 4 goals in Gateshead’s opening 6 Conference Premier matches.
As was eluded to by the Chairman, Maddison follows an illustrious group of players Peterborough have plucked from non-league. George Boyd, Aaron McLean and Lee Tomlin were signed from Steveanage, Grays, and Rushden and Diamonds respectively.
So, will Maddison be the latest in a line of players who have gone from non-league obscurity, to Posh legends?