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Spotlight On Luke James

3 September 2014

The official website sit down with Luke James to find out more about the man.

It took longer than expected, but Luke James is thrilled to finally be a Peterborough United player. The 19-year-old completed his move from Hartlepool United ahead of the transfer deadline on Monday and capped a manic 24 hours by netting his first goal for the club in front of the live Sky cameras on Tuesday evening.

As theposh.com sat with the teenager at a local hotel, it became apparent that the teenager feels the move to London Road is the perfect one at this stage in his career.

Lee Tomlin, Dwight Gayle, Paul Taylor and most recently Britt Assombalonga have all been success stories at the football club and James' believes their development under Darren Ferguson was a great indicator that Posh was the place to be.

'I spoke to Jack Baldwin and he said the football club was really going places and I have seen the players' that have done well at the football club like Dwight and Britt. When I knew the interest was there, I really wanted to come because I want to better myself and improve as a player.

'It has been a tough few weeks mentally, but I am concentrating on my future now and I am delighted to be here. It was great to score in my first appearance. It doesn't matter to me how the goals go in, they can be tap ins like the one on Tuesday night or they can be long range strikes. I go onto the pitch and my aim is to score.

'It was disappointing that the goal meant nothing in the context of the game, but hopefully we can put that right against Port Vale on Saturday,' James said.

James, who is a Sunderland fan and lists Kevin Phillips among his footballing idols, actually played for much of his early years in football as a central midfielder. He was pushed up front due to a shortage of strikers for the Hartlepool United Academy and netted a hat-trick. It is fair to say he hasn't looked back since.

'I am indebted to the coaches who gave me my chance in attack because growing up I always thought I was going to be a box to box midfielder. I played in that position up until I was about 15-years-old, but I managed to score a hat-trick up front and that is where I have played since.

'I love scoring goals. My challenge now is to try and get into the Peterborough team because there are some excellent players at this football club. Marcus Maddison was outstanding on his debut the other night and the club have around seven or eight players on the sidelines, so it is an incredible squad,' James said.



James names Andy Reid of Nottingham Forest as the best player he has come up against and believes there is plenty more to come off the production line at his former club Hartlepool. Midfielder Brad Walker, who has just turned 18, is tipped as the next big star by the front man.

He admits that his iPod has anything from Eminem to the Lighthouse Family on it and with life in a hotel on the schedule for the next few weeks on the agenda, there is plenty of time to settle into his new surroundings.

'My main focus right now is on my football. I am in the hotel for the next few weeks and then I will start looking at accommodation in the area. Jack and Christian will give me a little tour of the area I am sure. I feel pretty settled already and that is down to the lads, they have really helped me.

'It is a young squad, everyone is a similar age so it is very easy to walk into the dressing room and get along with everyone. I am really excited about the future,' James said.



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