City midfielder Matt Gill looks set for a loan switch to Peterborough United, after Posh boss Gary Johnson confirmed that the Norfolk-born player watched their Carling Cup clash with Swansea from the stands last night.
Canary chief Paul Lambert has always praised Gill’s attitude and he is a popular member of the squad up at Colney. But it would be fair to say that there are a few others ahead of him in the midfield queue, and a move down the A47 will suit both Gill and promotion contenders Posh.
The deal is thought to be a one-month arrangement although it would be a surprise if that is not extended, especially if City steer clear of injuries in the engine room.
“The official Peterborough United website can reveal that the midfielder Matthew Gill is the player that manager Gary Johnson alluded to in his post-match press conference last night,” said an official Posh statement this morning.
“Johnson admitted after the 3-1 defeat to Swansea that a midfielder had agreed a deal to join Posh. ‘He was sat in the stands so if you saw him well done, if you didn’t you know now,’ said the former Bristol City chief.
“Gill, currently with Norwich City, is expected to sign on a one-month loan deal ahead of Saturday’s npower League One clash with Milton Keynes Dons.
“Gill, who came through the youth ranks at London Road, was at Tuesday night’s cup-tie with Swansea City and sat in the stands. When the deal is concluded, we will bring you that news on theposh.com.”
The Posh youth product, who grew up in Fakenham, made 167 appearances at London Road between 1997 and 2004 but his move ‘back home’ in June 2009 hasn’t quite gone according to plan, with Gill featuring just 13 times.
But the 29-year-ols still has plenty of miles left in the tank and he’ll be hoping to re-ignite his career in Cambridgeshire.
Meanwhile, Luke Daley made his long-awaited comeback from injury last night with a 45-minute appearance for a City XI at Diss Town.
The winger-cum-striker played for the entire first-half in last night’s 2-1 victory, with goals from fellow first-team hopeful Josh Dawkin and Jack Werndly sealing the win over their Norfolk counterparts.
And Academy boss Ricky Martin was delighted to see Daley return, after a succession of injuries since last appearing for Lambert’s League One champions last December.
“At the end of it probably the biggest plus for me tonight was to see Luke Daley and Michael Clunan back on the field of play,” Martin told the club’s official website last night.
“Luke has had a horrendous time. He has been training with the youth team to help his rehab and unfortunately he kept breaking down.
“Tonight he has got 45 minutes and he wanted to continue, which is a good sign, but the medical department felt 45 was right in a competitive environment and that will give him great confidence.”
City XI: Rudd, Francomb (Barker 46), Aytac, Jones (Starkings 46), Gordon (Hall-Johnson 64), Dobbs (Clunan 64), Hondura, Florence (Kelly 46), Daley (Loza 46), Werndly (Oakley 74), Dawkin (Carey 74). Sub not used: Matthews.