Conor Sammon completes Derby switch

Former Republic of Ireland under-21 international Conor Sammon has today finalised his move to the Championship side after just one season at the DW Stadium

Former UCD and Derry City striker Conor Sammon has completed his move to Derby County from Wigan for an undisclosed fee.

The Championship side missed out on the Dubliner’s signature eighteen months ago as Sammon opted for a move to the Latics. However, Rams boss Nigel Clough has finally captured the former Republic of Ireland under-21 international on a four year deal.

 “When we first drew up a list of potential options with regards to bringing in a new striker it’s fair to say Conor was top of the list, our number one target actually, so we’re delighted to announce his arrival,” Clough told Derby's official website.

“Having tracked him closely at Kilmarnock and, as everyone knows, been so close to bringing him in 18 months ago, we’ve monitored his progress at Wigan in the Premier League and we know he is capable of finding the back of the net.

The 25-year-old spent three seasons in the League of Ireland with UCD and Derry City before being signed by SPL side Kilmarnock in 2008. After struggling in his first two seasons at Rugby Park, he enjoyed a prolific third campaign in Scotland as he scored 18 times in just 26 games.

Sammon becomes the seventh new player to arrive at Pride Park this summer as the Rams look to push for promotion back to the top flight and Clough feels the striker’s goal scoring prowess makes him a key player.

“He is going to be a key player for us and when he plays regularly, we know he can score goals. We really like how hard he works too and that means he will fit into our squad comfortably,” the Derby boss said.

The former Student was at Pride Park on Saturday to watch his new side's 2-2 opening day draw with Sheffield Wednesday and goes straight into the squad for Tuesday evening’s clash with Bolton.