Great rep­u­ta­tion sells Posh to new keeper

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - SPORT -

Peter­bor­ough United’s im­pres­sive rep­u­ta­tion with the Ir­ish foot­ball fra­ter­nity helped the club land highly-rated young goal­keeper Conor O’ Mal­ley from St Pa­trick’s Ath­letic this week.

The 22 year-old is widely re­garded as the best ‘keeper in the Ir­ish League and had at­tracted the at­ten­tion of Cham­pi­onship club Leeds United and League One ti­tle fan­cies Wi­gan Ath­letic.

But O’Mal­ley chose to sign a two-year deal with Posh af­ter the clubs agreed an undis­closed fee, and af­ter see­ing how well for­mer St Pat’s team­mate Chris Forrester had per­formed at the club.

“I played with Chris for eight or nine months,” O’Mal­ley re­vealed. “So I fol­lowed his ca­reer closely when he went over to Eng­land.

“Peter­bor­ough has an ex­cel­lent rep­u­ta­tion in Ir­ish foot­ball gen­er­ally and at St Pat’s in par­tic­u­lar.

“There was in­ter­est from other clubs, but Peter­bor­ough moved fast for me and I was happy to come over and play for them, I will work hard and see what de­vel­ops, but com­ing over in Au­gust is good for me, I have the whole sea­son in which to break through.

“I’ve had a good sea­son in Ire­land. The team strug­gled for a while, but my own form was good so I hope I can trans­fer it over here.”

Posh man­ager Grant McCann is de­lighted to have landed a third goal­keeper.

O’Mal­ley will start life at Posh as un­der­study to firstchoice Jonathan Bond while young Josh Tib­betts is likely to be sent out on loan.

McCann said: “Conor is a good size and a good age. Mark Tyler went to see him in ac­tion and came back with a glow­ing re­port.

“Jonathan was out­stand­ing last week­end, but at the end of the day he is not our goal­keeper. Conor has looked su­perb in train­ing this week. he is brave, ag­gres­sive and he’s good with the ball at his feet.”

Striker Mathew Stevens has joined South­ern Pre­mier League Ket­ter­ing Town on loan and scored on his de­but last week­end.

Winger Jor­dan Ni­chol­son has re­turned to Na­tional North side Nuneaton on loan.

Goal­keeper Conor O’Mal­ley strikes the tra­di­tional new sign­ing pose.

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