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Grant McCann confirmed as Peterborough United captain

Grant McCann
McCann turned down a new deal at Scunthorpe to join Posh in May

Peterborough United boss Gary Johnson has confirmed new midfielder Grant McCann will captain the Posh this year.

The 30-year-old summer recruit from Scunthorpe has skippered the side throughout the majority of pre-season.

Johnson told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "I think it would be difficult to take it off him. I've been watching to see how he reacts in adversity.

"He's one of our more experienced players. I trust that he's talking the same language as me out on the field."

The captaincy spent most of last season in the possession of George Boyd, until his ill-fated loan move to Nottingham Forest, at which point goalkeeper Joe Lewis picked up the role.

Gabby Zakuani was forced to sit out Saturday's 3-1 friendly win over Barnet, as he tries to shrug off a groin injury.

The defender, 24, has been told he should be cleared to play within 10 days but the Posh boss has not ruled out bringing in another centre-half.

"He's fit, he's been working hard but he can only run in straight lines at the moment," said Johnson.

"Which would look a bit stupid if he's doing that in games.

"I've got to wait for him, unless I can find someone to enhance the squad."

Striker Dave Hibbert was also missing as he attended the birth of his first child.

But Posh fans can expect to see a similar line-up on the opening day of the season to the one that stepped out at Underhill.

"It's 95 to 100%. There'll be one or two places up for grabs," Johnson added.

"I'll have a look at Bristol Rovers and then I'll pick the team I think will win."

Meanwhile, midfielder Josh Simpson was once again in action for Southend as they beat Eastbourne 1-nil, while goalkeeper James McKeown played in Gateshead's 3-0 defeat to a Newcastle XI.

They are both on trial with a view to loan moves.

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