Peterborough United manager Steve Evans captured his seventeenth new face of the summer, by snapping up former Hamilton Academicals midfield Darren Lyon on a free transfer.
The 23-year old brought to an end his own eight-year stay with the Accies recently, and arrives after impressing manager Steve Evans during a spell of training at London Road.
Evans revealed he’s tracked Lyon for a few years, ever since seeing him in the youth set up at Scottish giants Rangers.
“He is a young man who came to my attention when he was part of the youth set-up at Glasgow Rangers but he wasn’t able to break into the first team at Ibrox and signed for Hamilton,” Evans told the Posh website. “Darren is full of energy, he put in some good performances and is very comfortable at right-back or right wing back and those are his premier positions, but he can also operate as a midfielder.”
The versatile defender can play in midfield as well as at right-back and has 27 Scottish Premier League appearances to his name in the past year. In total he has 72 senior appearances for the Accies.
It has been reported that he chose to leave Hamilton even though he had two years left to run at the club, due to being unhappy with how he was developing and progressing.
I’m not sure we’ll see Lyon near the first team anytime soon, Peterborough have a settled squad at the moment and are flying in League One.
They do have a policy of investing in young talent and hoping a move can be found, as we’ve seen recently in Jack Marriott an Marcus Maddison, so perhaps Lyon is another manifestation of that policy.
Evans is a modern-day Barry Fry, as a manager he loved to move players around regularly and the controversial Scot is no different to his current boss at Posh.