Defence Complete

After chasing him all summer, we have finally brought in central defender, Jack Baldwin, from Peterborough United for £1m. Jack Ross said: “Everybody knew we were looking to strengthen again in this area of the pitch and now we’re comfortable with where we’re at in terms of central defensive options. Jack is proven in this league and he’s at a good age with his best years ahead of him, and he has a hunger to improve and do well. He sees this as a big opportunity and has the core attributes we have been looking for.”

Meanwhile, Jack Ross has backed the decision to abandon the game at the Riverside and had this to say about the performance. "We showed again that we have players who can add a threat in the final third but the spell towards the end of the first half was a good example of why we need someone who is an out and out striker. We were a bit under the cosh and needed an out ball. We’ve got some really good players in one on one situations and creative situations, but everyone looks for that player who guarantees you goals. That’s been an ongoing pursuit and we are working incredibly hard. I’m hopeful that’ll happen, hopefully before the Charlton game, if not before August 9th."

Jack Baldwin seens happy to be here and is talking about promotion already. “League One is a battle of consistency,” he said. “The teams that are the most consistent in this league are the ones who tend to get the job done. At Peterborough, in years gone by, it has been consistency that has let us down because there have been times when we have been flying and there were times when we couldn’t buy a win. With the experience in this group, I can’t see why we can’t get the job done at the first time of asking. I’m delighted to be here. It’s a massive, massive, football club. I’ve lived in the North-East before and I know how much football means to the people up here. I’m delighted to be here and to get things sorted out. I’ve still got friends up here from my time at Hartlepool and I know the area, so it is not like jumping in at the deep end not knowing what I am coming in to. I sat in my flat in Hartlepool when I was 18, watching the derbies, and scrolling through twitter, because I have some friends who are Sunderland fans and some who are Newcastle fans, and seeing how much it means in this part of the world. It’s a passionate place and that’s part of my game - I’m passionate on and off the pitch, and I’ll give my all for the football club. It’s going to be a challenge. It’s a bit overwhelming for me walking in the door, because it is a massive club with a brilliant set-up, and the history of the club is incredible. For me as a young lad, I was ready to go to university until I signed for Hartlepool, so in the space of a few years to now be here is overwhelming. But I relish challenges and I’d like to think that I’ll hit the ground running.”

Baldwin also discussed about how the deal came about: “From what I understand, there was a bit of interest early on but these things take time and I was backwards and forwards and didn’t really know what was happening. I got a call on Thursday from my agent saying they had agreed a fee and I was ready to come up, and I needed to make a decision on what I wanted to do. It was a no-brainer for me, and I came into the club [Peterborough] on Friday to pick up my boots and say my goodbyes. It was straight up the road, met the gaffer, and did the medical. I suffered an injury a few years ago which sidelined me for a while but either side of that I have played quite a few league games and I’d like to think I’ll play a lot of games here and get the club where it needs to be.”

Ross then spoke about the injury that Dylan McGeouch picked up at the Riverside and made an interesting remark regarding Bryan Oviedo. He said: "He had a tightness in his calf. He had a similar injury towards the end of the St Mirren game but in the other one. He missed a couple of days training this week. We’ll have to see how he is over the next couple of days but generally he looks after his body really well these days, he’s learned that over the years and generally heals quite quickly. Hopefully it’ll settle down and we’ll have him available [for Charlton] because he’s been influential, even tonight he was good for us. Lee [Cattermole] is ill so wasn’t available. Chris [Maguire] has a knock from training but should be back with us at the start of next week. Bryan Oviedo only came back on Monday, having had a few weeks off after the World Cup, so he’s only had a few days. Even tonight we weren’t going to include him in the squad but obviously we needed to have him there just in case. The type of character he is, he’s no problem, he remains in the squad for the time being and we’ll see how it progresses."

Jack Ross also discussed debutants, Glenn Loovens and Jerome Sinclair. “Glenn is an interesting one because people from the outside will look at his age, but he has a real desire to succeed. He’s not come here to see out his career,” said Ross. “If you see his influence on the training ground and on a matchday, it’s really positive. He takes his football very seriously and (last night) is the performance you expect from him – he played at a very good level. Jerome has had very little game time and played slightly out of position, but I think he showed what he’ll give us. Again, he’s hungry. He’s not played a lot of football and could have done with playing more, but he recognises this is an opportunity to kick on. I’ve been impressed with his attitude since he came and how he has integrated himself and I was pleased with his performance.”