Conn-Clarke Picked Up By Posh As Player Of The Year Steps Up

Chris Conn-Clarke has been tipped to become the latest National League talent to sparkle at Peterborough United.

The Altrincham attacking midfielder has completed his move to the League One club, who have a rich history of plucking lower league starlets and turning them into stars.

The 22-year-old has earned Alty a sizeable fee and the National League Player of the Season is the latest prospect to move into the EFL.

Alty manager Phil Parkinson was moved to write a statement himself and while accepting it’s tough for supporters to see him go, he maintained he was always realistic about what would happen.

Predicting Conn-Clarke will flourish at London Road, Parkinson said: “It’s the statement no Alty fan wanted to hear but all knew was coming. Yes I’m afraid to say Chris Conn-Clarke has moved on.

“It’s a very proud moment for myself, the outgoing Rob Esteva, Neil and all the staff who are all involved with the recruitment and development of a player to see them move on the bigger and better things.

“That’s why we’re all in this job, I’d like to think all the lads who come through this club go away nine times out of ten better players and most importantly to me better people. Good people make for good players!

“All Chris has needed is a manager who was willing to build a team around him. Once he had the structure and the belief was back, his ability was there for everyone to see.

“He’s had a huge year, him and his partner Daisy have had their second child; Delilah-Rose. He won almost every non-league award going, but the most prestigious one for me was the National League Player of the Season.

“He then secured his move to the perfect team who have a track record of developing young non-league players and moving them on again.

“The club will get a decent fee and be recognised as a place that helps people develop, get back on track and progress. Everyone wins, exactly how it should be.”

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