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Thursday, 13 July, 2000, 12:56 GMT
Posh sign midfielder Forsyth
Richard Forsyth
Richard Forsyth during his spell with Stoke City
Peterborough United have signed their first player ahead of the 2000-2001 season with midfielder Richard Forsyth arriving from Blackpool on a free transfer.

The 29-year-old links up with Barry Fry for the second time after serving for the Posh manager for a season at Birmingham City where he started his League career following a 50,000 move from Kidderminster.

After his spell with the Blues, Forsyth was snapped up by Stoke City who splashed out 200,000 for his services, and he made 90 League appearances for the Potters before joining Blackpool on a free transfer in June 1999.

Forsyth, who has put pen to paper for three years, will help fill the gap left by Steve Castle.


Assistant boss Wayne Turner is delighted to have landed the services of the Dudley born player after tracking his career for some time.

"I played against Richard late in my career while at Barnet and I realised then what a good player he was at the age of 19.

I was surprised Blackpool wanted to let him go
  Posh coach Wayne Turner

"He can operate in midfield and his energy and passing ability will certainly prove to be an asset to us.

"I was surprised Blackpool wanted to let him go because he is a strong person on the pitch, and along with the other midfield players, Richard can bring a healthy balance to the side who are in for a demanding season," said Turner.

Meanwhile, Posh have accepted a bid from Plymouth Argyle for striker Howard Forinton who will leave London Road for the Third Division club subject to agreeing personal terms with the Pilgrims.

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