Middlesbrough goalkeeper Connor Ripley may be set for a loan move to Championship rivals Burton Albion, according to the Evening Gazette. The 24-year-old is understood to have agreed a contract extension at Boro until 2018, but Garry Monk wants him to play regular football.
Ripley has indeed managed to enjoy regular game time over the last few seasons, albeit away from the Riverside Stadium. A stint in Scotland with Motherwell proved productive, whilst he made a big impression in Sky Bet League One on loan at Oldham Athletic last season too. Brewers boss Nigel Clough is open to the prospect of a new goalkeeper and Ripley could help fill a potential void.
Jon McLaughin was the number one keeper at the Pirelli Stadium last season, but was surprisingly not offered a contract extension by Clough. The experienced Stephen Bywater began the season between the sticks as Burton went down to a late 1-0 home defeat to Cardiff City. Ripley has only ever started one league match during his time at Middlesbrough, and will be hoping for greater opportunities with Burton should he move.
Given that Monk signed Darren Randolph from West Ham United to be number one, plus veteran Dimi Konstantopoulos acting as under study, Ripley understands the need to play more at this stage of his career.
During his time at Oldham last season, he equalled a club record for clean sheets in a season, further enhancing his reputation in the game. Testing himself in the Sky Bet Championship appears to be the most logical step for him right now, and Burton could be about to benefit from that in the coming days.