Luke Harris has been in the Posh Academy since the age of eight, and is now a key cog in the successful under 18s starting line-up.
He comes from a family of Peterborough United supporters and if he wasn’t currently making a big impression for the under 18 side, there is every chance he would be joining his granddad in the stands at the Weston Homes Stadium watching the first team.
Midfielder Luke Harris has been in the Posh Academy set-up since the age of eight and has progressed through every age group. He is now part of the under 18 squad that moved to the top of the table with a 1-0 victory at the weekend at AFC Wimbledon and is hoping to turn a dream of becoming a professional footballer into a reality.
He came extremely close to getting a taste of first team football in the recent Leasing.com Trophy tie with Arsenal under 21s, named in the 18-man squad. Although he didn’t get the chance to come on, that experience has whetted his appetite for more and with another trophy tie against Cambridge United to come, Harris is knuckling down to show what he can do.
“I’ve supported Peterborough for as long as I can remember and my grandad is a lifelong season ticket holder, so it’s a very proud moment to be a part of the club and my core aim is to make him proud. Being called up for the bench in the cup vs Arsenal was an unbelievable experience and it was just the feeling of my dream slowly turning into a reality that made it so special. My family were really proud, obviously my family are all Posh supporters, especially my Grandad and hopefully I can continue to make them proud,” Harris said.
The youngster has been nominated for the LFE Goal of the Month for September for his stunning strike against Stevenage. He remembers it well. “A corner was put into the box, and it was cleared and I was positioned a bit further from outside the edge of the box and I’ve taken it down with my right foot and cushioned onto my weaker left foot and just put it top corner.
“I was absolutely buzzing and couldn’t quite believe that it went in. One of the main reasons I’m in the position I’m in now is my coaches, the coaches have unbelievable knowledge and patience, they understand that you’re not going to get everything straight away. I feel that I am learning every day and that comes from the connection I have with the coaches. It is now down to me to continue to improve and see where it takes me,” Harris added.