Peterborough United have today announced the signing of Rotherham United defender Dominic Ball on a loan deal.

The 21 year old defender will be available for the Posh until the end of the season.

The new signing arrives five days before Peterborough United’s bumper FA Cup third round tie at Stamford Bridge, against current Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Ball will be available for this tie, having completed all necessary paperwork, and being given permission by his parent club to feature in the FA Cup.

Both manager Grant McCann and chairman Darragh MacAnthony had made it clear that Posh were in the market for a defender, following the injury suffered by Jack Baldwin, and the sale of Ricardo Santos, who has joined Barnet.

Speaking about the new signing, Posh boss McCann told the Official Peterborough United website that he was thrilled with the signing.

He said: “It is great to have Dominic at the club. He has experienced winning the league last season during his time at Rangers. He’s got good experience.

He’s very versatile. He can play anywhere across the back four, and even in the holding midfield position if need be. Obviously we got him in as cover for centre half, but it’s great to have that versatile option.”

Ball has a wealth of experience for someone who is only 21. He has represented both Northern Ireland and England at youth level, but is yet to pledge his allegiance to either country.

He joined Rotherham United from Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur in last year, and went on to make nine appearances in the Championship.

He also has experience of lower league football, following his loan spell at Peterborough’s rivals Cambridge United in 2015.

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