The Nuneaton Town production line of producing talented footballers has continued with Alex Penny making the move into League One with Peterborough United for a club record fee with further incentives should he continue to progress.
The accomplished 20 year-old defender has made fantastic progress since joining Boro and was one of a number of our players that were invited along to Jamie Vardy’s V9 Academy earlier this summer.
He becomes the third Nuneaton player to link up with The Posh in the past 18 months after they fought off top-flight interest to secure his signature on a three-year deal.
“Alex is a quality footballer,” said manager, Tommy Wright, without hesitation. “He ticks all of the boxes when it comes to the modern-day player; he’s quick, athletic and someone who has much to give.
“You can see why so many clubs from higher levels were looking at him and we knew as soon as he got the call-up to the V9 Academy that it would be tough to keep him – we knew then that people would get to see what he was about.
“I am delighted for him that he has now got this move and I can see him making an immediate impact there.
“Lee Tucker at the V9 said Alex was one of the most exciting players they had at the Academy, he was one they had a lot of hope for and that is testament to the work that we have put into his development here.”
Peterborough United are renowned for unearthing diamonds in the non-League game and they acted fast after Penny impressed West Bromwich Albion manager, Tony Pulis, during a recent trial.
This latest move into The Football League sends out a clear message to the talented crop of youngsters that we have here at Liberty Way that there is a definite progression here to the first-team and beyond.
It also further enhances our reputation as a club that produces and develops talented footballers and there are other players waiting in the wings to take on the mantle from Penny.
We have three great centre backs still at the club in Kelvin Langmead, Brad Gascoigne and Niall Heaton,” added Wright. “We also have one or two we are looking at within the squad so we are well set there.
“I think we have a solid squad this season and one with a lot of options all over the pitch. I am pleased with how we are shaping up at this stage.”