REACTION: Luke James “over the moon” to have signed for Peterborough United

Luke James in action against Cheltenham Town. Picture by FRANK REID
Luke James in action against Cheltenham Town. Picture by FRANK REID

LUKE James has said he is “over the moon” to have joined Peterborough United from Hartlepool United on a four-year deal.

League One Posh confirmed the news that Pools fans had been waiting anxiously to hear just after 9.30pm tonight - the fee has not been disclosed.

Highly-rated James has signed a four-year deal at London Road and joins Jack Baldwin and former Pools loanee Christian Burgess at the club.

He passed a medical this morning and has been handed the number nine shirt, vacated by Britt Assombalonga who joined Nottingham Forrest for £5m.

James said: “I am over the moon that everything is completed and I am now a Peterborough United player.

“As soon as I knew about the interest I wanted to come to the football club. Peterborough is a great club and I am thrilled to be here.

“Peterborough are a club that are going places.

“I spoke to Jack Baldwin and he told me what a great club it is and I just can’t wait to get started.

“I have been at Hartlepool a long time. I want to thank them for all they have done for me. I have been there a very long time, but I felt the time was right.

“It was too good an opportunity to turn down.

“I am very excited about playing my football in League One. It is a new environment, but hopefully I can hit the ground running,” added the striker, who was speaking to the club’s website.

Posh boss Darren Ferguson added: “I am delighted to get this bit of business done.

“I think everyone is aware that we have been interested in Luke for quite a while.

“We have had to be patient, but we have used our experience from other deals in this transfer.

“I am grateful to my chairman and to Barry Fry for getting this deal over the line.

“We are delighted to get him. We felt we needed a number nine.

“He is a goal-scorer, he has a great attitude and he can’t wait to get started.

“I am looking forward to working with Luke. It has dragged on a bit, but it is pleasing everything is sorted and he will be in the squad for Tuesday night’s JPT tie with Leyton Orient.

“We have done some excellent work in bringing the players’ we have over the last few weeks.”

The 19-year-old striker has been the subject of interest from the League One outfit over the last month, leading to him handing in two transfer requests and missing the game at AFC Wimbledon.