Posh midfielder Kyle Barker has signed a new two-year contract at the football club.

Peterborough United are pleased to confirm that young midfielder Kyle Barker has put to paper on a new two-year contract at the football club with the 20-year-old completing the formalities at the idverde training ground.

Barker, who made three appearances last term, is looking forward to ‘kicking on’, with Posh set to begin life in the Sky Bet Championship at the start of August. While hopeful of first team action, the pathway that under 23 football provides will give many youngsters the game-time they require with loan opportunities also potentially in the pipeline.

“I am very happy to get it done. I have been here a while now so hopefully this year I can crack on and try and get some more games under my belt. At the stage of my career that I am at now, getting games is the main thing for me, whether that is here for the under 23s or on loan elsewhere, what I am looking for is to build my experience and develop my game.

“The manager has been great with me; he is always encouraging me and knows that I have a good attitude and want to succeed. The players have always been great with me and that is the wonderful thing about this football club, they always give younger players an opportunity and the pathway is very clear and that gives so much encouragement to players coming through,” Barker said.

Manager Darren Ferguson added: “Kyle has done well. Me and the other members of staff agreed that he deserved a contract. It was difficult for him last season, we wanted to get him out on loan to play games, but because of the situation around Covid-19 and the curtailment of other leagues, it proved a frustrating time for him.

“He will start pre-season as part of the first team group, we will see how he does and then when we start the new season, we will make a decision on whether he goes out on loan or stays and trains with the first team and plays under 23 fixtures. We have to do what is best for his development, sometimes training day in and day out with good players will improve others and that could be the case for Kyle.

“He has a great attitude, he fits in to what we are trying to do, he knows how we play, and he has some really good attributes. He wants to listen and improve and we will see how he does during pre-season when he will get the chance to play in games,” Ferguson said.

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