Connor Ripley has agreed a season-long loan deal with Accrington Stanley, with the goalkeeper departing Middlesbrough on a temporary basis.
An announcement has come this evening that Ripley has left the Riverside Stadium, heading to League One on-loan, after seeing his opportunities at the Riverside Stadium become limited.
The 25-year-old is highly-rated at Boro, but has made just three senior appearances for the club, with the bulk of his experience coming elsewhere.
The 2016/17 campaign saw Ripley impress in League One for Oldham Athletic, with the goalkeeper featuring on 54 occasions across all competitions and finishing the season as ever-present in the league.
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Last season, after a disappointing spell with Burton Albion, where he featured on just five occasions, Ripley found himself in League One again, making 15 appearances for Bury.
The goalkeeper now heads back into the third-tier of English football, linking up with Accrington Stanley on deadline day.
Ripley will spend the remainder of the season with John Coleman’s side, who are looking to establish themselves in League One following last year’s impressive promotion from League Two.
Ripley found himself behind Darren Randolph, Andy Lonergan and Dimi Konstantopoulos at the Riverside Stadium, so a move was inevitable.
The goalkeeper doesn’t look like getting a chance anytime soon on Teesside, so will be looking to impress for Accrington, with the hope he can attract some more concrete interest.
This is going to be a big year for the 25-year-old, who needs to be pushing on with his career now.
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