Middlesbrough have recalled goalkeeper Connor Ripley back from fellow Championship side Burton Albion.

The 24-year-old has been on loan at the Brewers since the start of the season, but he has struggled to cement regular minutes.

Ripley has only featured five times for Nigel Clough’s side this season, having spent most of the campaign in Stephen Bywater’s shadow.

The goalkeeper took to Twitter to thank everyone at the club and wishes them well for the remainder of the season.

https://twitter.com/ripley_connor/status/948583320954253318

He spent the entirety of last season on loan with League One side Oldham Athletic.

Ripley impressed during his time with the Latics, keeping 19 clean sheets in 54 appearances in all competitions during the 2016/17 campaign. His displays earned a place in the League One Team of the Season.

The 24-year-old has been with Middlesbrough since 2009, after joining from Blackburn Rovers’ academy.

However, since signing his first professional contract in 2011, Ripley has embarked on several loan moves away from the Riverside Stadium.

In April 2012, he made one appearance for Oxford United on an emergency loan deal, where they lost 2-0 against Southend United.

Ripley then spent the first half of the 2013/14 season on loan at Bradford City, with his only performance coming in a 5-0 defeat to Hartlepool United.

Sweden was the next destination for the goalkeeper, who went on to play 15 times for Östersunds FK and kept five clean sheets for the top-flight side.

The 2015/16 campaign involved a season with Motherwell, where he went on to make 40 appearances for the Scottish outfit.

To date, Ripley has only made three senior appearances for the Smoggies and he is unlikely to stay there following the termination of his loan at Burton.

His recall by parent club Middlesbrough suggests that he may be sent out on loan again this month to a club where he is likely to get more game time.

One of clubs reportedly interested in the former Oldham goalkeeper is Bury, according to The Herald, who are currently at the bottom of League One and 11 points away from safety.

 


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