Aaron Powell

U21s defender has agreed new deal at the football club.

Peterborough United are pleased to confirm that youngster Aaron Powell has agreed a long-term contract with the football club after progressing through the academy set-up at the idverde Training Ground.

Powell, who has enjoyed two successful loan spells at Dereham Town and, most recently, Welling United during this season, is delighted to have the faith shown in him and is keen to keep developing as a player.

“I’m obviously delighted to have signed a new contract with the club,” Powell said. “It has been an up-and-down season for me, but I think I have done what I needed to do and I am pleased that I have been offered a new deal. 

“There are good people around at this football club and they have shown their faith in me, which I’m obviously grateful for and hopefully I can repay them in the near future. My focus is now is just to keep developing and getting better, looking at the first team and seeing what I need to do to break into that."

The defender spent the early parts of the 2022/23 campaign on loan at Dereham Town, where he made 11 appearances for The Magpies, before a two-month loan spell at National League South side Welling United, featuring in eight games for the Wings.

Powell added: “Both Dereham and Welling have helped massively. Dereham was just to get the feel of men’s football, but Welling was playing at a slightly better standard and that was about proving myself in that league, which I felt I did. 

“It was men’s football, so it was going to be that slightly more physical, but you also learn that all teams aren't going to play the same which meant you had to adapt your game. They have been really helpful and grateful for what they have done with me."

Chairman Darragh MacAnthony said: "Aaron is another talented player from our academy set-up who everybody at the football club has high hopes for. He is an excellent grounded player, thanks to his wonderful family. He is a modern-day type full-back, with attributes offensively and defensively, and we feel he would be suited to how we want to play. I am delighted to have got him on a long-term contract and excited to see his future contributions at the club."

Academy Director Kieran Scarff: "Aaron has moved into his second year as a professional after a disruptive first year with an injury. He has had two good loan spells so far this season, one at Dereham Town for the first three months of the season, which got him suited to senior football. When he came back from them, his performances in the U21s group were very impressive and showed some real consistency in his game. 

"He then had the opportunity to go to Welling United at two-tier level, which is a very good level of football, and went on to play every game across a two-month spell. I was in regular contact with Warren Feeney at Welling United and he was impressed by his performances. Now, it's down to him to really kick on and establish himself in the first-team squad. He has put himself in a good place and we look forward to him progressing further. Also, a big thank you to Dereham and Welling who have both played a big part in his progression this year."