Ripley set for Burton loan after agreeing new Boro deal

Connor Ripley of Oldham Athletic in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Milton Keynes Dons and Oldham Athletic at StadiumMK on February 7, 2017 in Milton Keynes, England.

HITC Sport understands Middlesbrough 'keeper set for Burton move.

Connor Ripley of Oldham Athletic in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Oldham Athletic and Northampton Town at SportsDirect.com Park on August 16, 2016 in Oldham, England.Connor Ripley in action for Oldham Athletic

Middlesbrough goalkeeper Connor Ripley has agreed a new deal at the club and is set to join Championship rivals Burton Albion on loan, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Ripley is highly-rated at Middlesbrough, but he is currently down the pecking order in Garry Monk's first-team plans at the Riverside.

Ripley was not in the squad for the weekend's opening Championship game of the season at Wolverhampton Wanderers, with summer signing Darren Randolph starting in goal and Dimi Konstantopoulos on the bench.

The 24-year-old was entering the final year of his contract at Middlesbrough, but the club have moved to secure him on a new two-year deal to keep him on Teesside until 2019.

Connor Ripley of Oldham Athletic in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Milton Keynes Dons and Oldham Athletic at StadiumMK on February 7, 2017 in Milton Keynes, England.

Ripley has spent the last four seasons out on loan to Oxford, Bradford City, Ostersund, Motherwell and Oldham Athletic as Middlesbrough were keen for him to gain some valuable first-team experience.

England Under-20 international Ripley impressed at Oldham, equalling the club’s all-time clean sheet record and sweeping the boards at their end of season awards.

A number of clubs have expressed an interest in taking Ripley on loan this season, but Burton have moved quickly to agree a deal with Middlesbrough for the shot-stopper.

Burton lost their opening game of the campaign to Cardiff and Brewers boss Nigel Clough is keen to bolster his squad before the close of the transfer window.

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