Ollie Rose signing his professional contract

Young defender Ollie Rose has put pen to paper on a professional contract at the football club. 

Peterborough United are pleased to confirm that young defender Ollie Rose has put pen to paper on a two-year professional contract at the club with the 18-year-old the latest in a long line to join the club as a nine-year-old and progress through the Academy system. 

Rose, who has been a regular at the heart of the Under 18s side, has also featured in the Under 21s group this season and Academy Manager Dan Robinson believes he can continue his development within that Under 21s programme next season.

‘Ollie has been with us since the age of 9 years-old and is a great example to all our young Academy players of the pathway we have here through the phases (Under 9 – Under 21s). Ollie is as hard-working young man as you’ll meet, and well supported by his family. We look forward to continuing the work with him in the Under 21s programme next season.’

Rose said: “I am buzzing, and it means a lot. I have worked really hard to get to this position and I know that I have to work even harder now I am at this stage. I have been at the club a long time, I joined right at the start of the journey and to get to this point is an achievement, but I know that this is where I have to knuckle down and get the best I can out of myself. 

“I want to thank the coaches who have helped me along the way and also to my family because they give up a lot to get you to training sessions and matches. I have enjoyed this season in terms of the challenges that we have faced as a group against different kinds of opponents and that can only stand you in good stead moving forward. 

“I have played the majority of my time so far as a centre back, but I feel I can play in a few other positions and hopefully that versatility can prove a position moving forward. I will work hard during the summer to come back raring to go,” Rose said. 

Under 21s manager Ryan Semple added: “Ollie is an intelligent boy; he has a really good family behind him who are so supportive and he has obviously come through the system. He is someone who can play in multiple positions, we really like him, he will push himself and get the best out of himself and we have to do the same as coaches. 

“We are proud of him because he has been right through the system, but during that period of time he has given it his absolute all and I know he will continue to do that. I am looking forward to working with him in the Under 21s next season.”