Great reputation sells Posh to new keeper
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.