Friend joins Posh Academy

Wisbech Town FC v Long Buckby
Wisbech Town FC v Long Buckby

Teenager Jack Friend is the first-ever Wisbech Town FC player to make a Football League Academy, after being picked up by Peterborough United.

It has been a fast track for Friend who has joined the League One side’s Academy a couple of days before his 17th birthday and who only made his WTFC debut just under a year ago.

The striker had completed a trial with the “Posh”.

Club press officer Spencer Larham said: “To my knowledge, no player has ever been picked up by a Football League academy before.

“The last player to leave the club and move directly to a Football League side was Mark Ovendale, a local goalkeeper, who joined Northampton Town in 1994-95, but sadly he passed away in 2011.”

Joint boss Paul Cousins said: “It’s a fantastic move.

“There have been a lot of clubs sniffing around him, not just Peterborough.

“There has been Burnley, Southend, Brentford and Northampton.

“You can tell he has something special and he is a very good lad as well. He is very down to earth.

“He doesn’t go round thinking he’s really good, he is a genuine lad and great to have around.

“He has always come in and trained hard. Jack is a good lad to work with and play with. We wish him all the best.

“I’m sure he will score a lot more in his football career, especially now that he will be coached every day.

“That will make him improve every day.”

Skipper Jon Fairweather is back from injury and Tony Battersby from a one-game suspension next Saturday at home to 14th place S&L Corby, while Matt Lunn should return and there is a possibility Adam Millson will recover from an ankle injury.

Wisbech hosted Deeping Rangers last night.