Speaking on a Periscope live stream, Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson has said that the club will not be making moves to bring back former fan favourites George Boyd and Paul Coutts on free transfers this summer.

Since Sheffield Wednesday announced that midfielder George Boyd would be leaving the club upon the expiry of his contract at Hillsborough, Peterborough United fans have been bombarding chairman Darragh MacAnthony with question after question, asking if Boyd will return to London Road – to which he has given the simple answer of “nope“.

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Now, hosting a Periscope stream on his Twitter, MacAnthony asked Posh boss Darren Ferguson if he wants the club to make a move to bring Boyd back to London Road.

“I spoke to George last week actually,” Fergie said, grinning as if he knew those words would fill Posh fans with hope for a split second.

“But no, I don’t think that’s going to be feasible. He’s 33 now, we all know he’s a great player, but we have to move on. So, no, I don’t think it’s going to be feasible to bring George back.” 

Boyd’s brilliant spell with Posh from January 2007 to July 2013 saw him go down as one of the best players in the club’s recent history, playing 291 games, scoring 74 goals and providing 52 assists along the way (Transfermarkt). The return of Ferguson and Boyd’s release had Posh fans dreaming, but it seems to have proved to good to be true.

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Ferguson was also asked if he would like to bring back Paul Coutts. Coutts – another Posh fan favourite – is leaving Sheffield United this summer and will be available on a free transfer. But, Fergie ruled out a move, saying he is a “great lad, a very good player for us, but no.”

Coutts spent a year and a half with Posh, where he played 59 games after joining under the management of Ferguson in 2008 (Transfermarkt). The 30-year-old left the club in February 2010 to join Ferguson once again, but this time at Preston North End.


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