BREAKING NEWS: Peterborough United sign a giant goalkeeper

New Posh goalkeeper Aaron Chapman.New Posh goalkeeper Aaron Chapman.
New Posh goalkeeper Aaron Chapman.
Peterborough United's first summer signing is a 6ft 7in goalkeeper.

Aaron Chapman, the winner of the Golden Glove for keeping the most clean sheets in League Two last season, arrives on a two-year contract from Accrington Stanley. He is out of contract on June 30 at Stanley so has not cost Posh a penny.

Chapman is 27 and played little football during spells at Chesterfield, Chester and Bristol Rovers before joining Accrington.

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Chapman, who had numerous other offers from League One clubs, was pleased to get the deal done before the summer break and is raring to go for pre-season. “I love football, I have had a little break and to be honest, I am already ready to get back and get started. It is good to get the deal done so early and I can’t wait to help Peterborough with their ambition of getting into the Championship.

“Last season was great with Accrington Stanley. I don’t think many people outside of the club expected us to get promoted, but within the squad and the management team, we felt we had a really good opportunity and it was fantastic to do it in the way that we did. We deserved that promotion.

“When I heard Peterborough were interested, I jumped at the chance. The size of the club, the ambition, it was something that I wanted to be part of. The manager Steve Evans made me feel very welcome and wanted and I am looking forward to meeting my new team-mates. I know Conor O’Malley has done really well and I am looking forward to working with him,

Chapman kept 18 clean sheets in League Two last term and Posh manager Steve Evans was delighted to get the deal done.

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Evans said: “He is a young man who was a massive reason why Accrington Stanley are now in League One.

“I have watched him many times. He has a real presence, makes big saves and his distribution is excellent. He will fight with Conor O’Malley for the number one jersey. It is important that we have two permanent goalkeepers. I made it clear to the board when I arrived that I didn’t want a loan goalkeeper, I wanted a permanent one to compete with Conor and this is an excellent signing for us.”