Academy Manager Dave Robertson had a difficult decision to make.

Peterborough United Academy Manager Dave Robertson and his management team had the unenviable task of informing several second year scholars that their futures were elsewhere on Wednesday.

Four players were released and Robertson admits it is a tough day for the youth department. 'It is the tough part of the job, but we have to be very realistic in our approach at the football club and unfortunately a few of the boys have just fallen short. The standard is so high at the football club in what we are trying to achieve, so decisions have to be made.

'It is obviously very disappointing for those individuals concerned, but we have had conversations with them and I believe they will have a career in the game. The players have served the football club well.  Some of been with us since 11-years-old and they have been great on and off the pitch and we wish them the best of luck.

'I am sure they have learned a lot that will stand them in good stead for the future ahead. We will do all we can to find them clubs and hopefully they will stay positive and stay in the game.

'Now, we are working on next year's group. Of next year's youth team group, three of the first years have made their debuts in the first team and it is an exciting group and we want to make sure that they are ready for the challenge that lies ahead,' Robertson said.

Defenders Charlie Butt and Jack Hendry and midfielders Tom Wood and Matt Sparrow were the players released. We wish them well in the future.