It was announced yesterday evening that Ronnie McFall signed former Republic of Ireland U19 midfielder Conor Pepper for Glentoran.
24-year-old, Dublin born midfielder started his youth career playing with Portmarnock FC and Cherry Orchard FC. He signed for St. Patricks Athletic in 2012, playing for the U19 team and had one cap in Senior team in the Leinster Senior Cup, Dublin derby away to Shamrock Rovers. He then moved to Scotland to play for Inverness Caledonian Thistle for the 2012/ 2013 season where he made fourteen appearances and scored two goals, the first of which was in his debut for the club against Hearts. However, he failed to make the cut in his second season and was released in May 2014 and moved to his former club Greenock Morton, where he made forty-eight appearances and scored three goals. He was an integral part of the squad who won the Scottish league One title in his first season. He initially signed a two-year contract with Greenock, but it was renewed in 2016 however due to a knee injury sustained in 2016 he has failed to make any appearances since but honed his skills in coaching at the club last season. Pepper was strongly recommended to Ronnie McFall by former Hibs and Morton manager Jim Duffy who managed him when Morton won the Scottish League one title.
Ronnie McFall released a statement on the Glentoran FC website saying “I’m very pleased to have been able to get Conor signed up. Jim Duffy had him as a regular starter and a key member of a strong Greenock Morton team and couldn’t recommend him strongly enough. I know we haven’t got as much business done so far this summer as supporters would like but we’re not finished. We’re still actively looking for more quality players in key positions who will immediately strengthen the starting line-up and allow us to play the style and formation we want to play this season. We’ve had to be patient as we need to get the right calibre of player in. We had the opportunity to sign a lot of players this summer but the money we’ve freed up needs to be used in a way that significantly strengthens the first team, not just the squad. We’ve got good cover for most positions so now it’s a matter of making sure we’ve got the strongest possible first team line up.”
We wish Conor Pepper the best of luck at Glentoran FC!