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Knight-Percival Back At Posh

16 July 2012

Nathaniel Knight-Percival is determined to be a success at London Road.

It may come as a surprise to know that Nathaniel Knight-Percival is technically in his second spell as a Peterborough United player.

Knight-Percival played for the Posh under 14s as a trialist against local rivals Cambridge United, but was not taken on at the time.

Just over ten years later, he is back at London Road and determined to be a success after being converted to a centre-back by former Wrexham boss Dean Saunders.

'I grew up in Cambridge, but I was a Liverpool fan and never actually went to the Abbey Stadium. In fact I played against Cambridge for Peterborough under 14s as a trialist, but I wasn't taken on at the time.

'I lived in Cambridge until I was 22-years-old before moving to Wrexham where I lived in Liverpool for a few years prior to joining Peterborough.

'I am delighted to be here and I feel I have settled in quickly. The lads like to have a laugh but when training starts, everyone is fully focussed on their jobs,' Knight-Percival said.

The 25-year-old is currently training in Portugal with his new team-mates and is enjoying every minute of the sessions put on by Darren Ferguson.

'It is a lot different to what I am used to. When I was at Wrexham, our pre-season training was in Aberystwyth in Wales, so these facilities in Portugal are unbelievable.

'I am learning all of the time. It is important to know what my team-mates can do, the pace is a lot quicker than what I am used to, but I am adjusting to what is required of me.

'Everyone at the club wants to be in the starting line-up for the opening day of the season. You are not going to hold grudges against people if they are given the nod ahead of you, you just have to work hard and impress in training.

'I haven't been a centre back for long. I started last season, so I am learning so much in such a short period of time. I have picked up experience from everyone I play with and against.

'It was Dean Saunders who converted me to a centre back. I played at centre back in a few reserve matches and did very well there and it took off from there,' Knight-Percival said.

The former Histon defender admitted that he had not played as a centre back during his teenage years, but has performed at left-back as well as a winger.

'There is not as much glory as a centre back than as a winger, but I enjoy being a centre back. I have always liked the defensive side of the game and I like the physical aspect. I have broken my nose a couple of times and had countless black eyes, so I don't mind getting stuck in,' he continued.

Knight-Percival feels ready for the step-up to the Championship and cannot wait to get started, with Posh opening their account against Leicester City on Saturday 18th August.

'I have plenty more training sessions and friendlies to come so I am sure when the league season starts I will be ready, if selected,' Knight-Percival concluded.


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