Stevenage sell highly-rated striker Matt Godden to Peterborough for undisclosed ‘six figure’ fee

PUBLISHED: 18:16 04 June 2018 | UPDATED: 18:39 04 June 2018

Matt Godden fires in a shot across goal in the FA Cup game against Swindon Town. Picture: Danny Loo

Matt Godden fires in a shot across goal in the FA Cup game against Swindon Town. Picture: Danny Loo

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Matt Godden, Stevenage’s highly-rated striker has left the Lamex to join Peterborough in a ‘six figure’ fee undisclosed by chairman Phil Wallace.

Matt Godden in the box in the League Two game with Wycombe Wanderers. Picture: Danny LooMatt Godden in the box in the League Two game with Wycombe Wanderers. Picture: Danny Loo

The forward joined the League One outfit led by the wily Steve Evans on Monday afternoon.

Godden was the Lamex outfit’s leading goalscorer last term, netting 14 times in 44 appearances in all competitions.

The popular 26-year-old had 12 months remaining on his deal with Boro but was not satisfied with the two contract extension offers the League Two club had put in front of him.

It is understood the deal with Posh was on the verge of breaking down before the former non-league player agreed personal terms – leaving charismatic Peterborough owner Darragh MacAnthony to tweet cryptically: “Love a goalscorer and by the way strikers don’t reject Posh.”

Matt Godden in the game against Carlisle United FC. Picture: Danny LooMatt Godden in the game against Carlisle United FC. Picture: Danny Loo

The striker leaves Broadhall Way after scoring 35 goals in 87 games for Stevenage in two seasons as boss Dino Maamria reshapes his squad in a bid for promotion push next season.

The cash windfall comes on top of the record fee the North Herts club received from Premier League Watford last week after selling teenage defender Ben Wilmot for a sum believed to be in excess of £1 million once add-ons are factored into the deal.

Godden said: “I would just like to say a huge thanks to all associated with Stevenage FC for the past two seasons.

“I’d like to thank the fans for the support they gave me.

Matt Godden on the ball in the area during the FA Cup game against Swindon Town. Picture: Danny LooMatt Godden on the ball in the area during the FA Cup game against Swindon Town. Picture: Danny Loo

“I’d like to thank the chairman and backroom staff, my two gaffers [Maamria and previous manager Darren Sarll] and most importantly all the boys I’ve played with – I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.

“But my ambition is to keep improving and climbing the leagues so I look forward to my next step at Peterborough.”

The hard-working Godden began his career at Scunthorpe in 2009. It was a rocky road at times for the talented attacker as he was loaned out eight times before dropping down to the Conference South to join Ebbsfleet United in May 2014.

He shone for two seasons in Kent before he made a welcome return to league football when Sarll snapped him up on a free transfer for Stevenage in June 2016 prior to moving to London Road in a deal he said he simply couldn’t turn down.

Matt Godden looks to cross the ball into the box. Picture: Mia BeskeenMatt Godden looks to cross the ball into the box. Picture: Mia Beskeen

He becomes the sixth signing since the end of last season for Peterborough, who finished ninth in League One, leaving the experienced Evans ‘delighted’.

A Stevenage source spoke to CometSport praising Godden for his excellent attitude, his appetite and desire to improve on his already-excellent natural ability, technique and finishing, adding: “This is what Stevenage are about – taking lads from non-league football and improving them [and helping them] go on to bigger and better things.”

Godden took to social media to tweet on his personal account, saying: “Now looking forward to my next challenge at Peterborough”.

Stevenage supremo Wallace added: “Matty has been great for us and the platform we’ve provided over the past two years has helped him to improve his earnings by moving up the pyramid, so I’m personally delighted for him.

“The fee and add-ons we received met our valuation, so everyone is happy. We’d like to thank Matty for his contributions to the club and wish him all the best in the future.”

Wallace added Maamria’s squad needs a ‘few’ additions which he expects to land before August.

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