Conor McAleny joins Fleetwood Town

Friday 23 June 2017  25 Comments  [Jump to last]

League One side Fleetwood Town have signed striker Conor McAleny on a three-year contract after he was released by Everton earlier this month.

Academy graduate McAleny, 24, made just three appearances for Everton, but scored 10 goals in 19 appearances on loan with Oxford United last season.

He has also spent time on loan at Scunthorpe United, Brentford, Cardiff City, Charlton and Wigan.

 

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Jay Wood
1 Posted 23/06/2017 at 12:35:06
Pleased for him. He'll make a career for himself and will score goals.
Phil Sammon
2 Posted 23/06/2017 at 12:42:33
Agreed, Jay.

I can't help but feel like we missed a trick with him. He had such a wonderful pre-season a few years ago under Martinez and was then shunned in favour of Kone. I really felt he was a player more likely to shine in the Premier League, rather than a lower division.

Anyway, all the best to him.

Phil Walling
3 Posted 23/06/2017 at 12:47:18
Chuffed for the lad. He's about 25 but he's never been given any sort of chance to thrive at Everton. He'll get a few for Fleetwood, I'm sure... and then, who knows?
Peter Gorman
4 Posted 23/06/2017 at 13:46:43
McAleny to Fleetwood? Hmm, I think he is too good for League One.

I saw a lot of him at Oxford and his finishing was superb. A little bit surprised a low-table Championship team didn't take a punt.

Good luck to the lad, hope he has re-discovered his love for playing after all that health shop bollix.

Liam Reilly
5 Posted 24/06/2017 at 00:49:11
Surprised too Peter; I thought he may have had better offers, but if he knuckles down, his chance may come.

He's one lad I'd like to see do well.

Peter Thistle
6 Posted 24/06/2017 at 02:45:05
The usual story, our academy players fail to make the grade and end up in Sunday league. Why do we consistently have a 90% failure rate?

Maybe because our scouting is terrible or the coaches are piss poor (like Ebrell, just noooo).

Kunal Desai
7 Posted 24/06/2017 at 05:53:11
Fleetwood are a decent little side and just narrowly missing out on promotion to the Championship via the playoffs. They remind me a little of Brighton. Good infrastructure and setup, decent manger in Rosler. I don't think it will be too long before they are knocking on the door for a Premier League place.

This might be a good move for McAleny to help get them promoted and have another big season and also raise profile should a bigger club come in for him.

Chris James
8 Posted 24/06/2017 at 07:25:58
Best of luck at Fleetwood, Mac!
Chris James
9 Posted 24/06/2017 at 07:30:09
Hopefully this won't be the second in a chain of clubs. He was a player who seemed so close that he could literally play everywhere, or would he settle for Number 7, wonders I.
William Cartwright
10 Posted 24/06/2017 at 07:38:21
Too cynical, Peter (10), and not nice. Not every aspiring football academy player will break into the 1st team. Getting close is an achievement in itself.

Conor McAleny was and is a success by any normal method of measurement. Not even considering his broken leg! Also don't forget even those of a rarer breed who make it can be dethroned by a summer incoming transfer if that raises the bar even higher.

Hope he does well and "Fleetwood Mac" will be the new chant!

Mike Allison
11 Posted 24/06/2017 at 09:34:21
What an obnoxious and ignorant comment, Peter, why did you bother? It's made even more ridiculous by the fact that if 10% of our academy players 'made it' as first team regulars ,that would represent an impressive return and guarantee us at least one new first team player per year.
Peter Gorman
12 Posted 24/06/2017 at 10:17:59
Peter that is a post-alehouse comment if ever I saw one.

The subject of academy success rates has been done to death but in a nutshell we are pretty much talking about hundreds of kids aiming for about 11 royal blue jerseys so what kind of failure rate are you expecting?

Fleetwood might be a club you know little about but League One is hardly Sunday league. Be nice please.

Dave Abrahams
13 Posted 24/06/2017 at 11:34:42
Best of luck to you, Conor. You've had your ups and downs at Everton but hung in there trying your hardest to make a career there.

Fleetwood Town is hardly the end of the earth and you can make a good career there – even do a Jamie Vardy and get yourself back in the Premier League.

Best of luck to your health and future.

Ian Burns
14 Posted 24/06/2017 at 14:28:44
I like to think all of our academy products carve out a career when not retained by EFC. There is something about Conor that tells me all is going to be fine and I wish him all the best in the future. I will be following Fleetwood's scorers each weekend to see how he fares!
Don Alexander
15 Posted 24/06/2017 at 14:49:30
Fleetwood will be a test for him. They seriously want to get in the Championship despite their small ground and they have an owner who's always splurged a lot of cash on players and to create a training facility that's truly top-notch. He has had ambition from the moment he took over. They're not to be under-estimated.

I hope the lad does well for them and himself. He must be desperate to be consistently selected because less than 60 appearances in first teams is all he's managed thus far in his whole career, and for a man who'll very soon turn 25 years-old, that's bizarre.

Eddie Dunn
16 Posted 24/06/2017 at 16:40:21
I am sad that he didn't quite get the breaks he deserved with us. I always liked the look of him and really hope he does well with Fleetwood.
Denis Richardson
17 Posted 24/06/2017 at 17:01:02
Glad he's found a club where he'll get a regular start. Shame he had to drop down to League 1, I think he would have been okay in the Championship imo.

Hopefully he'll get a bag full and move onto a bigger club/league, no disrespect to Fleetwood mind.

Clive Rogers
18 Posted 24/06/2017 at 18:30:48
He turned down a better financial offer to join Fleetwood, apparently. It was not revealed who from.
Dave Abrahams
19 Posted 24/06/2017 at 19:03:31
Clive (#18), it is possible he joined Fleetwood because of their manager, Uwe Rosier, who was manager of Brentford when Conor joined them on loan a few years ago.

Unfortunately, Conor broke his leg after just four games and the loan move was terminated, but Conor had done okay in the brief time was there.

Conor has gone to a club with a manager who he has worked with before and maybe feels confident under him.

Mike Gaynes
20 Posted 24/06/2017 at 19:15:11
Good catch, Dave (#19). I wondered where Rosler had gone. After leaving Brentford, he had failed at Wigan and Leeds in quick succession.

Glad McAleny has found a comfortable spot. Wish him the best.

Steve Ferns
21 Posted 24/06/2017 at 22:48:11
Peter Thistle, you are so very wrong.

Maybe there's not loads of high-profile academy rejects clawing their way back up, although Mustafi, Forshaw, and Dier all left the academy and played first team football in the premier league last season.

If you look further down the divisions, you'll see Everton are doing much better than most of our rivals, and we give most of the half decent ones every opportunity, so very few slip through the net.

Mustafi is the only "one that got away" for me, seeing as Dier was only on loan.

Phil Smith
22 Posted 25/06/2017 at 03:27:55
Aye, like George Green: see he was released by Burnley recently. What a waste...
Steve Ferns
23 Posted 25/06/2017 at 14:23:19
George Green went the way of Billy Kenny. And yes, it is a big waste. He's still young and I hope he can carve out a good life for his young family. Maybe that can be his motivation.
Michael Kenrick
24 Posted 25/06/2017 at 17:10:39
Talking of George Green, anyone remember this horribly fuzzy video that claims to be of him scoring an audacious backheeled goal into the top corner?

It must be Everton U-18s back in 2011-12 – his first season with the club – any idea who the opponents were?

Will Mabon
25 Posted 26/06/2017 at 05:45:43
I guess it was there to be found with a search, Michael, but nice one. What a goal!

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