Portsmouth Lose Out In Race For Multiple Award Winner

Peterborough United have announced the signing of Chris Conn-Clarke from Altrincham on a three-year deal according to the club’s official website.

Conn-Clarke would be Altrincham’s star man last term, firing them into the play-offs and a sixth placed finish, which would also be their first time making the National League play-offs in the club’s history. Albeit they would be knocked out in the semi-finals by eventual promotion winners Bromley, they’d outperform all pre-season expectations.

A lot of that was down to the season in which the 22-year-old had, racking up a mightily impressive 22 goals and a further six assists in England’s fifth tier. To make those numbers even more impressive, the Northern Irishman would spend the majority of the season playing in the middle of the park and he has far more to his game than just goals.

Not only did the youngster pick up multiple accolades at Altrincham’s end of season awards, but he’d also scoop the National League player of the year award and rightly so given his performances for the Robins.

It seemed as if a move to the EFL was almost nailed for the midfielder this summer and he’s now found a landing spot in the form of Peterborough United Darren Ferguson has a proven track record of improving young talent from the National League and it looks as if Conn-Clarke is the next on that list.

There was however competition for his signature from other clubs, with the likes of Portsmouth and Wigan Athletic both displaying an interest. Despite having the chance to play in the Championship for the newly promoted Pompey, the midfielder may get more opportunities at Peterborough and could play a starring role.

Portsmouth will be expected to be surveying other options in light of that news and they, like Peterborough, have very much got the approach of bringing in and progressing young talent this window. Despite already having a strong midfield, additions are still required if they want to both establish as well as progress in the Championship next term.

Writer’s View

Being one of the most talked about names this summer, it comes as no surprise to see Conn-Clarke making the step-up to the third tier. Although fairly unproven within the EFL, if last season is anything to go off, then he could become quite the asset for the Cambridgeshire side.

They’re unanimously known for the progression of players which would’ve no doubt attracted him to the project. That’s not to say that Portsmouth aren’t, but it seems as if the midfielder will get far more opportunities in the third tier.

It will be very interesting to see how he handles the move back to the EFL having never been given much of a chance with Fleetwood Town, but Conn-Clarke may just be the player who Peterborough needed to gain promotion back to the Championship.

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