Home Football Done Deal: Highly-Rated St. Pat’s Goalkeeper Completes England Move

Done Deal: Highly-Rated St. Pat’s Goalkeeper Completes England Move

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St. Patrick’s Athletic goalkeeper Conor O’Malley has agreed a move to Peterborough United.

The 23-year-old is one of the League of Ireland’s best goalkeepers and has been a key player for Pats since joining from fellow Dublin club Shamrock Rovers. A native of Mayo, the shot stopper had previously been on the books of Mervue United. He won back to back EA Sports Cups and leaves Pats off the in the middle of a fine individual season in which the club have struggled against the drop.

Peterborough are familiar with doing business with the Inchicore club.  Chris Forrester joined them in 2015 having been one of the Leagues most sought after talents at the time. Forrester settled quickly being granted the honour of the captain’s armband this time last year after only one season with the club. He has since been replaced as captain by Jack Baldwin. Forrester has since become one of League 1s hottest properties and O’Malley will hope to follow suit.

Peterborough chairman Darragh McAnthony is a native of Dublin and watches the League of Ireland closely. The Posh finished 11th in League one last season and will hope to improve on a disappointing campaign by challenging for promotion this season. O’Malley leaves Pats in 8th place, two points ahead of the relegation zone.

Pat’s have already moved to replace the highly-rated player, recruiting 26-year-old Polis goalkeeper Lukasz Skowron from Portuguese second-tier side Sporting Clube Olhanense.

Nick Menezes, Pundit Arena

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