- Monday August 7th, 2017 @ 18:53
Saints Sign New Keeper As O'Malley Departs
St Patrick's Athletic can confirm the departure of goalkeeper Conor O'Malley who has transferred to English League One side Peterborough United for an undisclosed fee, while the club can also confirm the signing of 26 year old goalkeeper Lukasz Skowron.
The Polish born goalkeeper joins St Pat's after recently having a spell with second division Portuguese side S.C. Olhanense, while Skowron's former clubs also include AEL Limassol in Cyprus and Polish top flight club Arka Gdynia.
The departing O'Malley joined the club ahead of the 2015 season from Shamrock Rovers B, while he also had spells with Westport United (2006-11), Mervue United (2011-12) and Salthill Devon (2012-13).
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A graduate of NUI Maynooth through the academic link-up with St Pat's, 23 year old O'Malley has had a successful time with the Saints starring in two EA Sports Cup triumphs as Pat's defeated Galway United in the 2015 Final on penalties and defeating Limerick in the 2016 Final.
Commenting on the departure of O'Malley, Saints' manager Liam Buckley wished the Westport man the best of luck with his move to English football.
"Conor has been a great professional with us since he joined us in 2015. His form in the last few weeks and months has been fantastic and has recently seen him earn a nomination for Player of the Month. This opportunity presented itself to join Peterborough and while we would love to have retained Conor, we could not step in his way to halt a move which could see him further his career. As well as that Conor thinks Peterborough can challenge in League One so it's a good move for him.
"Everyone would like to wish him the best going forward and for the rest of his playing career."
Commenting on the signing of Skowron, Liam Buckley expressed his delight to add the Polish goalkeeper to his ranks.
"We're really pleased to add Lukasz to our group. He has played top flight football in the Polish league and has also spent spells in Cyprus and Portugal. We are looking forward to him competing with Barry Murphy for the number one jersey."