Posh-bound Tafazolli thanks Stags for ‘four amazing years’

Mansfield Town's Ryan Tafazolli'Picture by Dan Westwell
Mansfield Town's Ryan Tafazolli'Picture by Dan Westwell

Out-of-contract defender Ryan Tafazolli thanked Mansfield Town for four ‘amazing’ years as he left the club today to join League One Peterborough United.

It was also revealed he turned down late interest from two Championship clubs to sign for the Posh.

After signing a three-year deal at London Road, Tafazolli tweeted: “I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone at Mansfield Town FC.

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“I have had an amazing four years and I’ve been honoured to spend that time at such a great club.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time there and built some relationships that will last for life.

“A massive thank you also goes to the fans who have supported me, the club is in good hands and I know you will get the success you deserve.

“However, the next chapter in my life has begun and I am extremely delighted to have committed to Peterborough United FC for the next three years.

“I am sure the challenge that lies ahead will not only be exciting but a successful one too. I can’t wait to get started and will be giving 100 per cent on a daily basis to get what this special club deserves – promotion.

Tafazolli also told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: “There was a lot of interest, but coming from a League Two side I knew the most important thing for me this season was to go to a club where the manager wants me, I’ve got a good chance of playing and the club will be pushing for promotion.

“It ticked all the boxes for me and it was a no-brainer. Someone used the analogy of football being like a game of snakes and ladders. You can get on a big ladder (and go up) and get on a snake and come back down again.

“It’s all about stepping stones and I think this is the perfect one for me.”

Tafazolli becomes Posh manager Grant McCann’s third summer signing and McCann told club website www.theposh.com: “Ryan is a super player.

“He has won a lot of awards for his performances at Mansfield both this season and last and he will be a threat in both boxes. He is an excellent defender.

“I feel we don’t attack the ball from set-pieces well enough and he will certainly improve that.

“He is a left-footer, which provides a bit of balance to the back-line and I know that there was a lot of interest in him.

“There were two Championship sides in for him this week but his commitment has not been in question because he didn’t even go and speak to them because he wanted to sign for Peterborough.”

Tafazolli became the second player today to confirm a move away from the One Call Stadium with winger Reggie Lambe joining League Two rivals Carlisle United.