Darren Ferguson has thanked chairman Darragh MacAnthony for his continued backing following three arrivals in two days.

Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson has thanked club chairman Darragh MacAnthony for his continued financial support after the football club made three signings inside two days.

Tottenham Hotspur winger Kenny McAvoy arrived on a season-long youth loan on Thursday and was followed through the entrance door by Bristol Rovers full-back Michael Smith and free agent Ben Alnwick.

Ferguson said: 'Michael Smith is someone we have been tracking for a while. Right-back is a position we knew we had to fill. Mark Little left quite early on and I was never convinced that Craig Alcock would ever re-sign so we moved onto other targets.

'We narrowed the list down and Michael was the number one target. I think he will be a really good signing, he is a decent age and has played a lot of games in his career. He was in the League Two team of the year and to be voted into that team by your peers is a great accolade.

'He is a great athlete, good technically and one that I believe will be a great signing for us. He was adamant he wanted to come and that was extremely important. Myself and the chairman have spoke at length about players that wanted to sign for us and Michael is another example of that of someone who was so keen to sign.

'The chairman has been brilliant. The one thing about the chairman is he backs you, when he can. We got our business done early with three signings and then we identified where else we needed to strengthen. We have brought three in this week and feel we are finished unless there is a special one that becomes available.

'The chairman rang me last night at around 9pm and I was actually ready for bed and he told me the goalkeeper was done. It was great, I can't believe how quickly it has been done. I am delighted with the business we have done.

'I thank the chairman for backing me, now it is down to me and my staff to get three or four out to balance the books because it can't be a one-way street. There is a bit of interest in players we want to let go and start again,' Ferguson said.