Peterborough United bring in Ben Alnwick and Michael Smith

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Peterborough United have confirmed the additions of goalkeeper Ben Alnwick and defender Michael Smith.

Alnwick, 27, was recently released by Leyton Orient after his contract was cancelled by mutual consent.

Prior to his unsuccessful stint with the O's he had spells at Tottenham Hotspur, Sunderland, Barnsley and Charlton Athletic, in addition to numerous loan spells during his time with Tottenham.


Although he failed to prove himself at Orient, manager Darren Ferguson is confident that Alnwick will fit in at Posh.

He told the club's website: "I am really pleased to get him. He has got vast experience, has played at the top level and there were a lot of clubs looking at him.

"He is a good goalkeeper, good size and is excellent with his feet, which is what I am looking for, someone who can play from the back."

He cited endorsements from his colleagues Gary Breen and goalkeeping coach Jimmy Walker, who had worked with him at Sunderland and Tottenham respectively, before adding, "He is very focused, he realises he needs to get his career up to speed and the fact he has signed a three-year contract means he has a bit of stability.

"He can get settled in. He is a good age, he is 27, so should be coming up to his peak. I know he is delighted to be joining, he believes we are the right club for him."

Meanwhile 25-year-old defender Smith arrives from Bristol Rovers for an undisclosed fee, having handed in a transfer request following their relegation from the Football League.

Higher level

Smith claimed he could not turn down the chance to play at a higher level for a club like Peterborough.

"As soon as a fee was agreed I jumped at the chance," he said.

The Northern Irishman made 114 appearances during his time at Bristol Rovers.

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