Peterborough United are well known for their ability to develop strikers and move them on to bigger and better things.
The likes of Dwight Gayle, Britt Assombalonga, and most recently Jack Marriott have all enjoyed success at the ABAX Stadium before moving up the divisions.
The departure of Jack Marriott was something that a lot of Posh fans knew was coming, but deep in our hearts we had all hoped that he would stay.
Steve Evans has added some firepower to his front line to replace Marriott, with Jason Cummings and Matt Godden joining the club, as well as Ivan Toney who completed a deadline day move.
Another striker, who has been at the club since before Evans took over, is Matty Stevens.
The youngster spent last season on loan at Kettering Town, picking up valuable experience that will help him further his career at the ABAX Stadium.
Stevens has been training with the first team squad since pre-season began, and he made a substitute appearance during Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Bristol Rovers.
Despite his inclusion in the match day squad for the Sky Bet League One opener, Stevens is not taking anything for granted.
He said: I want to keep working hard and just see where it takes me. There are three top class players playing in the same position as me, so all I can do is work hard and keep trying to impress the gaffer.”
Prior to his loan spell at Kettering, Stevens had not experience any men’s football, and instead had to rely on youth games to pick up minutes. Speaking to him, it was clear to see that his year away from the club has done him the world of good.
“Men’s football is so different, whatever level it is at,” he said.
“Men will kick lumps out of you, and it is totally different from under 18s or under 23s.”
Many Peterborough United fans may be worried about the amount of new signings that have arrived at the club this summer.
It often takes time for the players to gel together, but Matty Stevens reassured us that the current squad is as strong as can be.
He said: “I can honestly say everyone gets on with everyone. We all want to succeed and the team spirit is second to none. It really is a great bunch of lads.”
Another thing that is perhaps worrying a number of Posh fans is the fact that Steve Evans is at the helm.
Personally, I am a fan of him. His record speaks for himself, and if anyone is capable of taking Posh back to the Sky Bet Championship, it is Evans.
That sentiment was echoed by Stevens, who was full of praise for the Peterborough manager.
“The gaffer has been great towards me, always giving me tips and pointers,” he said.
“He is a fair man. You get a pat on the back if you do well and a kick up the backside if you don’t. He’s a winner and his track record proves that.”
Posh travel to Rochdale tomorrow for their first away game of the Sky Bet League One season.