Peterborough United have today (Monday 15th July) confirmed that fan favourite George Boyd – fondly known as the “White Pele” has completed a return to the club, putting pen to paper on a two-year deal with the club.

After his release from Championship side Sheffield Wednesday was confirmed, Peterborough United fans dreamed of a return for fan favourite George Boyd, with chairman and co-owner Darragh MacAnthony being hampered with questions on Twitter.

Earlier this summer, during a Periscope stream on MacAnthony’s Twitter, the question was asked about bringing Boyd back to the club. But, manager Darren Ferguson played down the chances of a return, admitting he had spoken to Boyd but with Championship interest, it was unlikely he would return.

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Now, Posh fans have been granted their wish, with Boyd rejoining on a two-year contract. Speaking to the club website upon the announcement, manager Ferguson has admitted that he didn’t think the club would be able to pull off a deal, going on to thank the MacAnthony and co-owners Jason Neale and Stewart “Randy” Thompson for helping get the deal done.

“George and I have been talking for a while over the summer about the possibility and to be honest, I didn’t think it would be a possibility, but we kept the dialogue open and here we are.

“I chatted to him about where I wanted him to play and what I would be bringing him back for and yes that is to help us get promotion. He will be back here to play in the middle of the park. I did say to George many years ago that I felt he would end up playing in central midfield because he has the ability to do so.

“It is a fantastic signing for the football club. George has come because he wants to get another promotion. He sees what we are trying to do, he wants to enjoy the last part of his career, we have signed him on a two-year deal because he is good enough to play in the Championship if we get there.

“I want to thank the chairman and the owners for getting it done. It is great to have him back. I have never been shy in saying that he is the best player I have had as a manager. We have got a very good relationship and that has helped in bringing him back to the club.”

Posh fans will be excited to see how Boyd fares in his second spell at London Road, as the club goes in search of promotion to the Championship.


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