Marcus Maddison was a name on everyone’s lips last summer.
He looked to be leaving Peterborough and was linked on numerous occasions with a switch to the Championship. Maddison, a versatile left-sided player, looked to be set to follow Jack Marriott out of the door at London Road.
No deal materialised and at first, Maddison cut a forlorn figure for Posh. He was often overlooked by controversial manager Steve Evans and used sparingly when he did play.
The whispers were that he might be unsettled and with his contract running down, an exit seemed possible in January.
Evans moved on, Darren Ferguson came in and no move came around. Maddison fought for his first team place and has impressed once more. The one-time Gateshead man showed great attitude and application and made 40 appearances in total, scoring eight times and delivering 15 assists.
His contract has now concluded and the club have taken up an option of an extra year. It’s an interesting situation that is bound to have left Maddison with decisions to make.
There’s no doubt at all he’ll be on some club’s radar. His versatility means he fits nicely into anything from a 4-4-2 to a 3-5-2 and even as a left sided attacker in a 4-3-3. He’s naturally quick and creative as well, making him a real rare commodity.
If his contract had expired, he could have named his price; a nice fat signing on fee and good wages. Now, if clubs want him, they’re going to have to pay Peterborough and that cuts down the percentage him and his agent can make.
There’s no suggestion he’s unsettled though. If his relationship with Darren Ferguson is good, there’s every chance he’ll remain at London Road and help them fight for a place in the Championship.
Marcus Maddison might have a decision to make, but if the price is right his club might make it for him. It would seem a one-year deal gives the player some security, but as the summer approaches all it has done is take the power out of his hands and put it back with his club.