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George Boyd, who was released by Sheffield Wednesday at the end of last season, has returned to Peterborough United who claim this deal is making a huge statement.

Boyd, 33, is their ninth signing this summer and Peterborough say bringing back their former player is a massive signing for a club in League One and the club said today: “Boyd is arguably one of the greatest players to wear a Posh shirt, and after spells away from the club in the Premier League with Burnley and Hull and the Championship with Sheffield Wednesday, makes his return to the club after completing the paper work.

1516 burnley george boyd 00 630x420Manage Darren Ferguson said: “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 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.”

Boyd spent three seasons with the Clarets. Signed on transfer deadline day from Hull in 2014, he was in the Burnley side that was relegated from the Premier League, won promotion straight back and then remained in the league in 2016/17 before he opted to leave and sign for Sheffield Wednesday.

A player of the year in his first season, it was notable for the winning goal he scored against Manchester City and in total he made over 120 league and cup appearances for us, scoring twelve goals.

Today he said: ” I am genuinely excited. I don’t think I would have dropped down into League One for anyone else. There is sentimental value here, but the reason I am here is to get another promotion with the football club. It is a good squad that Darren has assembled and a big thank you to the chairman for getting the deal over the line. I am delighted to be here.

“The manager is desperate for promotion and hopefully I can help that. I know what I am getting, I know that I am going to enjoy training every day. I love the way he plays football. At this stage of my career you need to enjoy football and play with a smile on your face and I feel that I can do that here.

“I believe I can play anywhere in the top six positions on the pitch, but the manager has spoken about central midfield. Hopefully in the coming weeks I will get to know the position of central midfield a little better, but it is something I am really looking forward too. It feels like I have never been away. It is a family club, a few familiar faces and it is really important for me to get it done before the season starts.

“It will be weird having Aaron as a coach but that will help me settle in. I really am excited and I can’t wait to get started. I am here because I want the challenge of promotion. The desire is still there. I had a few offers, but I have to be honest, it wasn’t a tough decision to come here. I hope I can bring a bit of quality here and show people what I can do.”

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