Grant McCann has made his third signing of the summer with the arrival of highly-rated defender.

Peterborough United are pleased to announce the signing of highly-rated defender Ryan Tafazolli on a three-year contract after the centre back turned down a new deal at Mansfield Town and rejected advances from a host of other clubs.

The 24-year-old, who began his career within the renowned Southampton Academy, completed the paperwork at the ABAX Stadium on Monday afternoon and becomes manager Grant McCann's third summer signing.

Tafazolli won five awards at the Stags end of season presentation evening last season and McCann was delighted to secure his signature.

"Ryan is a super player. He has won a lot of awards for his performances at Mansfield both this season and last and he will be a threat in both boxes. He is an excellent defender, I feel we don't attack the ball from set-pieces well enough and he will certainly improve that.

"He is a left-footer, which provides a bit of balance to the back-line and I know that there was a lot of interest in him. There were two Championship sides in for him this week but his commitment has not been in question because he didn't even go and speak to them because he wanted to sign for Peterborough," McCann said.

The deal is subject to the paperwork being approved by the Football League and the Football Association.

Reaction from Tafazolli to come shortly..