Darren Ferguson rules out loan for Joe Lewis

Joe Lewis
Lewis played 54 times last season before suffering a knee injury during the play-offs

Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson has ruled out the possibility of Joe Lewis making a loan exit.

The 23-yea-old goalkeeper had suggested he would be willing to leave Posh temporarily to regain fitness after an injury lay-off.

But Ferguson told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "He's part of the squad and it would be a waste of time.

"Joe's not going to go out on loan unless some sort of Premier League club comes in for him."

Lewis stepped up his recovery from injury with a reserve appearance against St Albans on Mondayexternal-link.

And the transfer-listed keeper said he would be willing to leave London Road in order to get some competitive action.

"I've not really thought about that yet. It's a possibility," he explained.

"Reserve games are good but they're not the most competitive. So it may be an option if a month or two down the line I'm not playing still.

"But at the moment I'm just pleased to get my first game back."

Lewis has not featured since fracturing his knee cap in the League One play-off semi-final first leg against MK Dons last season.

That injury halted his chances of making a summer move, but the former England Under-21 keeper has previously expressed his desire to play at the highest level, and had his request to be placed on the transfer list fulfilled in January.

Since then Paul Jones has impressed between the sticks for Posh.