Conor confident he will hit it off with ‘Joe the Goal’

Posh striker Conor Washington (left) in the Carton House gym with room-mate Marcus Maddison. Photo: Joe Dent/
Posh striker Conor Washington (left) in the Carton House gym with room-mate Marcus Maddison. Photo: Joe Dent/
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Conor Washington believes he could have his perfect strike partner in new Peterborough United signing Joe Gormley.

Washington, the Posh top scorer with 13 goals last season, says he has been impressed with Gormley, a £50,000 recruit from Irish side Cliftonville.

Washington said; “Joe impressed the rest of the squad from the minute he walked through the door. He has already shown in training why he has such a great goal-scoring record.

“He’s a great finisher and I’ve been pleased how well we have combined in our short time together. We pretty much clicked straight away and that’s a good sign for the future.

“We are both relatively unselfish. As soon as we get the ball we are looking for each other and, for someone who has just moved into the full-time football, he has an impressive touch and good vision,

“He’s a big lad, but he looks good technically. He collects the ball on the half-turn and straight away he is looking to play me in which can only suit the way I like to play.

“We’re getting to know each other quickly on and off the field and I am confident we can develop a good partnership.

“I was happy with the way I finished last season. All through my career I have tended to score in little bursts and the aim this season is to make those scoring runs last longer.”

Washington was speaking from Posh’s luxury Irish training base, Carton House in County Kildare. The 23 year-old has been blown away by the facilities.

“Going away together in pre-season is great for team bonding purposes and we have come to a fantastic place with amazing facilities.

“We are working hard, but at least we are going through the pain barrier together. It’s a very close-knit squad and we are all pushing each other to be the best we can possibly be.”

Washington is sharing a room with winger Marcus Maddison, who is apparently a big sleeper.

“Marcus is always asleep which suits me as it’s a tiring week,” Washington said.

“Some of the younger lads are on the move non-stop, They are bouncing off the walls.”

Washington has yet to score in two Posh pre-season matches. Gormley scored on his debut at Dulwich Hamlet and will be keen to net again when Posh play his former club Cliftonville in Belfast tomorrow (July 8).