Glentoran Football Club is delighted to announce that Conor Pepper this evening signed an extended contract with the club.
Conor initially signed until the end of December but has now committed to Glentoran until the end of the 2019/20 season. Glens TV Interview below.
This new signing has been made possible through – not for the first time – the generosity of the members of the Glentoran Community Trust. The GCT last season committed to pay the wages of Robbie McDaid in his first season with the club. In total the Trust has committed £41,000 to player wages in the past four seasons and an incredible £70,000 since its formation. We sincerely thank the members of the GCT for their exceptional generosity.
Manager Ronnie McFall: “Conor has been outstanding for us since he signed. He won the Supporters Player of the Month in August and has been voted Man of the Match in every game he’s started so far. It was absolutely imperative that we got him tied up long term as the jungle drums were already beating and there’s no doubt he’d have attracted a lot of interest from other clubs. As well as his obvious strengths as a player Conor is also a great talker, an organiser on the pitch, a real driving force in our midfield and a great example to our younger players. I’d like to commend our Chairman and Board for getting this done so quickly and to the Glentoran Community Trust for making it possible”.
Glentoran Chairman Stephen Henderson: “In a very short period of time, Conor has settled very quickly into the club, on and off the pitch. It was therefore no surprise when our manager, Ronnie McFall approached the club and asked us to urgently sit down with Conor to negotiate a contract extension. All parties had originally agreed a short term deal due to the length of time Conor had been out of the game, but his level of fitness, game leadership and the quality of his contribution since his debut, made concluding this deal a priority. To have done so, so quickly, speaks volumes for Conor’s desire to be at Glentoran. That in turn shows how well received he feels he has been by our loyal supporters. The club are fully aware that the minimum they want are players who leave nothing on the pitch, for whom winning and losing carries the same emotions for the player as it does for them. Conor fits that mould.
I must express the club’s gratitude to the GCT, who have yet again answered our request for support and gave it without question. This carries on a well established history of support they have provided to Glentoran. Without them and others like them, our club would be much poorer on and off the pitch”.
GCT Chairman Jim Welsh: “The Trust has been ready all summer to answer the call from the club and when Richard McGuinness made the call a few days ago we were only too happy to help. Conor has got off to a flying start here and we all know that if the club hadn’t moved quickly other clubs would have been in for him. We’re delighted to see how Robbie McDaid is progressing for the club and with Conor such an instant hit here its great to know that Trust members’ hard work and dedication is paying off for the club on the pitch. It’s a great achievement as GCT membership is just £20 a year so I’d encourage as many Glentoran supporters as possible to join the Trust and play their own part with us.”