Lee Tomlin has returned to Peterborough United on loan until the end of the season.
The Cardiff City attacking-midfielder made 156 appearances for Posh between 2010 and 2014, scoring 43 goals and helping the club to promotion to the Championship before spells at Middlesbrough, Bournemouth, Bristol City and a loan spell at Nottingham Forest.
He joined Cardiff in January 2017 for a fee believed to be in the region of £3 million and admitted the opportunity to return to London Road in the search for first-team football was too good to turn down. Speaking via the club’s website, he said.
“I want to thank everybody at Cardiff City for helping to make this transfer happen. I feel like a kid again, I have got a smile on my face and I cannot wait to get started. It feels like coming home. It is a club that I love and a club that I have wonderful memories of.”
“It has taken a little while to get completed but that is all done now and I can concentrate on playing football. I am looking forward to the challenge. The supporters’ have been really positive on social media and I thank them for that. Now it is down to me to train well and hopefully play some regular first-team football, which is what it is all about, playing with a smile on my face.”
Director of football Barry Fry was keen to praise the role of club owner Darragh MacAnthony and his partners in backing the deal and was equally as complimentary regarding Cardiff City’s role in getting the deal done. He also acknowledged Tomlin had recently struggled in South-Wales and felt he needed to get back playing in an environment where he felt wanted again to lift his spirits.
“When we got Lee into the football club, the gaffer and I spent two and a half hours with him and his agent. The gaffer took him away to talk football and got his enthusiasm back for the game and I was able to sort a deal. Lee was laughing and joking at the end of the talk and said that was the first time he had done that for about four months.”
“Lee just wants to play football and enjoy it again.”
Tomlin is eligible for Wednesday night’s trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea under 21s in the Checkatrade Trophy third round. He could make his league debut on Saturday when Posh entertain Rochdale.
You can always count on Messers MacAnthony, Evans and Fry to make headlines in the Transfer Window and once again they have not disappointed. This signing looks excellent. Tomlin is a talented player who will add proven quality to the squad. Evans will have his work cut out to keep the number of attacking players at his disposable content but if Tomlin is fit and raring to go his quality will help Posh cement a playoff position.