Darragh MacAnthony suggests reason why Conor O'Malley may have chosen Peterborough United over Leeds United

Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony looks on during the pre season friendly match between Peterborough United and a Tottenham Hotspur XI at London Road Stadium on July 18, 2015 in...

Peterborough United have signed goalkeeper Conor O'Malley.

Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony has taken to Twitter to comment on the signing of goalkeeper Conor O'Malley, having allegedly pipped Leeds United to his signature.

The Posh brought in a goalkeeper earlier this summer as Jonathan Bond arrived on loan from Reading, but they swooped to sign another shot-stopper on Monday afternoon.

A general view of Abex Stadium prior to the Sky Bet League One match between Peterborough United and Northampton Town at ABAX Stadium on October 18, 2016 in Peterborough, England.A general view of Peterborough's ABAX Stadium

Grant McCann's men confirmed that St. Pat's Athletic goalkeeper Conor O'Malley has joined the club after the two clubs agreed a fee, with the Irishman signing a two-year contract.

The 23-year-old joined St. Pat's from Shamrock Rovers in 2015, and kept three clean sheets in his last 20 league appearances before making his move to England this week.

O'Malley's move to Peterborough comes after speculation over his future, as The Irish Mirror reported just last week that Leeds United were keen to land him, but the Posh nipped in to sign him.

Turning down a move to the Championship with a huge club like Leeds, in favour of joining League One outfit Peterborough may be a surprise to many, but Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony has offered his view.

Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony looks on during the pre season friendly match between Peterborough United and a Tottenham Hotspur XI at London Road Stadium on July 18, 2015 in...Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony

When responding to Leeds fans discussing O'Malley's move, MacAnthony suggested that O'Malley realised he may get more first-team opportunities at Peterborough than with Leeds, hence his decision to head to the ABAX Stadium instead of Elland Road.

 

MacAnthony does have a point; Leeds already have Felix Wiedwald, Robert Green and Bailey Peacock-Farrell as options in goal, whereas Peterborough's first-choice - the aforementioned Bond - is only on loan, giving O'Malley a chance to become the club's top goalkeeper for the future.

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