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Former Peterborough United star comes home to coach youth side

Matthew Etherington comes home Photo: PA images

As Welsh 80s Indie rockers The Alarm once sang: It's been a long time coming but it's good to be back.

That's the view of former Peterborough United player Matthew Etherington who's returning to the club where he made his name, making his debut aged just 15.

The midfielder came up through the youth ranks at London Road, before winning a move to Spurs. He went on to spend 15 years in the Premier League, also enjoying spells at West Ham and Stoke.

He's been appointed to manage the Under 18s, and has the ringing endorsement of manager Steve Evans, who told the club's website he was the right man for the job.

"Matthew stood out head and shoulders for me. He understands this football club and it was important that we got this appointment right and done early."

– Steve Evans

And the 36-year-old is also delighted to return to the Posh.

“It is a huge opportunity for me and I can’t wait to get started. I am really hungry and excited to do well and give something back to the club that handed me my chance in the game.

“I know what it takes to get to the top and I will use that experience to help the younger players at this football club and give them the best possible chance of making it."

Steve Evans said it was crucial to have a strong youth set up with a clear pathway from the youth side into the first team.

Etherington takes charge of the youngsters early next month.

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