Accrington Stanley have signed former Oldham Athletic loanee and Middlesborough goalkeeper Connor Ripley on a season-long loan, confirmed by the club website.
Accrington Stanley have signed former Oldham Athletic loanee and Middlesborough goalkeeper Connor Ripley on a season-long loan.
Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman said: “I’ve been offered about 25-30 goalkeepers over the summer but I’ve got to make sure I’ve got the right one and that’s taken time.
“Connor has a good pedigree and will battle with Jonny [Maxted] for the number one spot.”
“I’ve said all along that I don’t have a first choice goalkeeper, I want my ‘keepers to compete for the starting position.”
About Connor Ripley –
Connor Ripley was awarded a pro contract in January 2011 and made his first team debut when he replaced Jason Steele 40 minutes into a game at the Madejski Stadium on March 5 2011.
He spent a spell on loan at Bradford City during the 2013/14 season, followed by a highly-successful period with Swedish side Ostersund FK.
The goalkeeper continued his development in Scotland for the 2015/16 campaign, signing for Motherwell on loan in the summer transfer window of 2015.
Motherwell proved a good move for the player, who played 40 times during that season.
The goalkeeper left to go out on loan again for the 2016/17 season, this time to Oldham Athletic.
His loan spell at Oldham Athletic would prove the most successful to date. Ripley became a fan favourite and excellent force in goal at Boundary Park, resulting in him winning multiple awards at the Latics End of Season awards.
Ripley also played a huge part in breaking the Oldham club record for the highest number of clean sheets during a season with 18 clean sheets.