It's Aussie v Aussie as loan star Elder shines

Australian defender Callum Elder has had his loan spell at Peterborough United extended as he continues to impress at the League One club.

Elder, 20, joined Peterborough on loan from Leicester City for a month in August and has made nine appearances for the Posh.

“I’m doing well,” Elder told FourFourTwo after his stay was extended until January 4.

“I’m loving it to be honest. Two weeks ago we went to Bradford away and beat them 2-0 in front of a crowd of 18,000 people.

“Coming up against fellow Australians Brad Jones and James Meredith was a great marker for me to achieve.

“If I can continue to improve individually and impress people watching me play at this level then that can only help me progress.”

Peterborough sacked manager Dave Robertson on September 6 and Graham Westley was appointed as his replacement on September 21.

The club has marched up the League One ladder and currently sits in eighth position with four wins, one draw and one loss in their past six matches.

Sydneysider Elder has played in every game.

“I’ve been really happy with the way I've been playing,” he said.

“I’ve been able to slot in quickly to the team and I'm enjoying playing the attacking, free-flowing brand of football that Peterborough want to play.

“The new manager was really impressed with the brand of football he saw us playing.

“He’s looking for us to continue to play with that freedom, while improving individually and collectively in certain areas that will allow us to achieve our goals this season.”

Elder played in League Two on loan last season and is enjoying the step up.

“It’s a very good standard of football,” the left back said. “You can tell every week the teams you come up against are very professional in their approach to the game and they have players in key areas that can hurt you if you’re not switched on.”

Elder believes his game is improving with regular first-team game time.

“To be involved in a first-team environment in League One at the age of 20 is very important to my development. To be able to play week in week out, while consistently performing, is only going to benefit me in the long-term.

“I know I need to keep working hard to achieve my ambitions in football and these games are all so important in helping me reach those levels.”