Peterborough United have signed arguably the best goalkeeper in the League of Ireland this season!
Posh have signed their third goalkeeper since the end of last season and he has been described by many as being the best goalkeeper in the League of Ireland this season!
Conor O`Malley has agreed terms on a two-year deal subject to “paperwork ratification” after Posh agreed terms with St Patricks Athletic where he has had an excellent season.
O`Malley was actually one of the goalkeepers Posh had on trial towards the end of last season and he impressed Posh boss Grant McCann at the time. Mark Tyler has also recently been across to Ireland on a scouting trip and came back with a glowing report on O`Malley.
Leeds United and Wigan Athletic were both interested in signing the 23-year-old but O`Malley thought he`d have a better chance of playing in the Posh first team as you can find out in his interview below:
LISTEN: Conor O’Malley has signed for Peterborough Utd. Here’s his thoughts on move. We’ve also signed Polish goalkeeper Lukasz Skowron. pic.twitter.com/R4G6Zr7yvm
? St Patrick’s Ath (@stpatsfc) August 7, 2017
The fee for O`Malley is undisclosed but rumours suggest a fee in the region of £100,000 has been agreed between the clubs.
O`Malley will challenge current number one, Reading loanee Jonathan Bond, and 19-year-old Josh Tibbetts. Although McCann has said he wants thee players battling for the number one spot, Posh Chairman Darragh MacAnthony has suggested that one of them may go out on loan.
With Bond only at the ABAX until January and with MacAnthony hinting that we couldn`t afford his wages even if we wanted to sign the Reading player, it looks like O`Malley is expected to be the permanent number one going forward. How soon that will be is anyone`s guess but his arrival could almost certainly mean Bond will be departing come the end of his initial loan unlike Luke McGee last season when Posh had to dig deep to keep the Spurs goalkeeper.
Speaking to the official Posh website about the signing of O`Malley, McCann said: “Conor has been tremendous for St. Pats in Ireland for the last year or so and there has been a lot of talk about him. He was brought to my attention by the chairman Darragh MacAnthony and we sent scouts over to watch him.
“When we bring players to this football club, we all have an input in it, myself, the chairman and Barry Fry and when we all agree, we proceed and after watching his clips and meeting the lad, I think he has got all the tools to go on and be a top goalkeeper.
“He is a down to earth lad, he is 6ft 3, is brave, will come for crosses and really good with his feet and he will keep Jonathan and Josh on their toes. Reading didn`t want to loan Bondy for the year, they just wanted to do it for six months and we got into a bit of a situation last year with Luke McGee.
“Luke was here initially for six months and we weren`t paying a lot of money for his services, but because he had such a good six months, Tottenham put a higher price on him and the chairman backed me to get him back at the club.
“I felt it was important that we have a look and if anything happens to Josh or Jonathan, we would be struggling. Mark Tyler is here at this football club to concentrate on his coaching and he knows that.
“I want to make sure we have three keepers fighting for two places. Conor knows Chris Forrester very well. Chris has talked to me about him, I have a lot of contacts in Ireland and I have spoken to three or four managers in the Irish Premier League and they all tell me he is the top young keeper out there.
“I am delighted to have him on board, without me sounding like a broken record and saying loads of clubs were after him, it is the truth, there were Championship clubs in for him and I am really pleased he has decided to join us and look forward to working with him,” McCann said.
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