James happy to seal deal from Hartlepool United to Peterborough

Luke James.

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LUKE James said leaving Hartlepool United for Peterborough United was “too good an opportunity” to turn down after signing a four-year deal.

The 19-year-old has been courting interest from League One Posh for almost a month and it was no surprise that he signed for the London Road club on transfer deadline day.

James had handed in two transfer requests and failed to show up for training for three days with Pools.

But the deal was finally confirmed 90 minutes before the transfer window shut and he has spoken of his delight at the deal getting done.

He could even make his debut for Posh tonight in their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie with Leyton Orient.

James joins central defender Jack Baldwin - who left Pools for Posh for £500,000 on January deadline day - and former loanee Christian Burgess at his new club.

The striker 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.”

The striker came up through the youth team at League Two side Pools after joining as an 11-year-old.

Amble-born James signed his first professional contract on his 17th birthday in November, 2011, and went onto establish himself in the first team.

He thanked the club for helping aid his development but admitted he felt the time was right for a change.

James added: “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.”