Zak Sturge

Posh have secured the loan signing of defender Zak Sturge from Premier League side Chelsea.

Peterborough United have completed the loan signing of defender Zak Sturge from Premier League side Chelsea with the 19-year-old left-back completing the formalities of a season-long deal at the idverde Training Ground on Thursday.

Sturge, who joined Chelsea from Brighton and Hove Albion, is an England under 18 international and is described as an ‘attack-minded left-back’.

In the 2021/22 season he made 16 appearances in the Under-18 Premier League, while also featuring in three Premier League 2 games during his time with the Seagulls. The 2022/23 season saw him become a more versatile player as he was required to play centre-back in a back four on several occasions. He featured 24 times for the under 21s and also featured for the Blues against Posh in the EFL Trophy at the Weston Homes Stadium.

Manager Darren Ferguson said: “We have managed to get Jadel and now Zak into the building, two quality loan signings. When you make a loan signing, it has to be the quality that we are after and fit into the age of what we are trying to do.

“He is athletic, quick and anyone who watched the game last season between Posh and Chelsea would have seen the quality he brings. He can play left back, left-wing back and a left-sided centre back in a three and fits into what I am wanting to do in terms of different formations, he has that flexibility.  He is a lovely lad, and he adds real pace to that side of the pitch so he is a signing that really excites me and I am looking forward to working with him.”

Sturge added: “I have done my research on the club; I know that their philosophy is what I am used to, and I feel it is the right club for me. I feel it is also the right time for me to come and play men’s football. The manager has a brilliant record of working with young players and that was another real appeal.

“I am a defender who likes to get forward and attack and support the players further forward. I am happy to get it done, it is good timing, hopefully I can be involved at the weekend and then without a fixture next Saturday allows me to get to know the lads, who have been great in making me feel welcome.”