Peterborough United midfielder set for exit

By Rodney Burton, CC BY-SA 2.0,

Peterborough United have agreed in principle to sell midfielder Mark O’Hara to Motherwell, as reported by the Peterborough Telegraph.

The 24-year-old signed a three-year deal at the start of the 2018/19 season, but after making an explosive start he dropped out of favour. He was loaned out to League Two Lincoln City at the end of January and picked up a title-winners medal with the Imps.

He returned to London Road, only to find himself frozen out. Motherwell offered him a lifeline with a loan move and despite struggling to make an initial impact, he currently has two goals from 20 SPFL appearances. O’Hara told the Motherwell Times that he was keen to remain at Fir Park earlier in the year, something which Posh director of football Barry Fry suggests is now the case.

“We have agreed a deal in principle with Motherwell for Mark’s transfer. It’s not a done deal yet because Scottish football is a bit confusing right now, but I expect it to happen. Motherwell seem happy with Mark and he’s not likely to get a chance with us so it’s a good move for him.”

The Barrhead-born midfielder spent four years with Kilmarnock, all in the top flight, before securing a move to Dundee in 2016. He played a further two seasons in the SPFL before moving to Peterborough but is now likely to return to Scotland.

Our View

Mark O’Hara has been desperately unlucky at Peterborough. He’s tall and commanding and can play centre half as well as in midfield. That versatility, as well as his power and poise, should have seen him have a successful career in League One.

Lincoln City seemed keen on him in the summer, but not at the price set by Posh. The wheeler-dealers of the division now look set to get a return on the investment they made back in 2018, with O’Hara getting the senior football he craves.

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