Winn's letter of approval
PUBLISHED: 11:14 04 June 2010
New Boro signing delighted with Football League opportunity
NEW Boro signing Peter Winn has revealed he joined the club after sending a letter to Graham Westley asking for a trial.
Winn, who was on the books of Scunthorpe United until he was released last month, spent last season on loan at Boro’s Blue Square Premier rivals Gateshead but turned down the chance to make his move to the north east permanent in favour of another shot at playing in the Football League.
Speaking to The Comet, Winn said: “I was released by Scunthorpe and I sent a letter off to Graham and my agent also got in touch to let him know I was available and I was really keen to play for Boro.
“I played against Boro twice last season and I’ve always thought I’d like to play for them as they are a good, strong team and I’m really pleased Graham has given me the chance.
“Stevenage are a very strong team, not just physically but mentally as well. I could tell that playing against them last season.
“It’s a good feeling having signed for them as I wanted to play in the Football League again next season and I’ve now got the chance.
“Gateshead were interested in making the deal permanent but I wanted to remain playing League football.”
Winn can play on either flank as well as up front, and that versatility will have been seen as an asset by Boro who last season used the adaptability of both Yemi Odubade and Chris Beardsley to good effect.
“Left wing is my usual starting position but I can then switch to either playing as a striker or on the right as needed and having that versatility is one of my strengths,” Winn, who has signed a one-year deal, said.
One position the winger is unlikely to be used in during his time at Boro is goalkeeper, despite the 21-year-old playing between the sticks as a teenager.
“I used to be a goalkeeper but decided to go up front as I thought that’d suit me more,” Winn said.
“I wouldn’t want to go and play in goal again but if a goalkeeper does get injured and there’s not a substitute goalkeeper then you never know.”