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Killie pip Accies to sign Sammon

Conor Sammon
Sammon has made the move to the Scottish Premier League

Kilmarnock have headed off competition from Hamilton Accies to sign striker Conor Sammon from Derry City.

The 21-year-old has put pen to paper on a three-year contract after the clubs agreed an undisclosed fee.

Killie had been poised to play the 21-year-old in Saturday's pre-season friendly against Wolves after terms were agreed with Derry and the player.

But permission for that was withdrawn after Hamilton also had a bid accepted for the former UCD striker.

Derry claimed that several Scottish Premier League clubs had shown an interest.

"Derry City have agreed terms with Kilmarnock for the transfer of striker Conor Sammon despite interest from several other Scottish clubs," the Eircom League outfit stated on their website.

We've agreed terms with the boy, he wants to come here and his agent has made that clear to Hamilton

Kilmarnock manager Jim Jefferies

"The 21-year-old former UCD hitman put pen to paper after successfully completing a medical."

Sammon had been on trial with Jim Jefferies' side, but the Killie boss revealed after Saturday's 3-0 defeat that Hamilton were now in the race to sign the striker.

"We had permission from the Derry chairman to play him, but that was withdrawn after Hamilton had a bid accepted for the player," he said.

"We've agreed terms with the boy, he wants to come here and his agent made that clear to Hamilton."

Jefferies turned his attention to Sammon, who has spent a season with Derry, after missing out on Northern Ireland forward Peter Thompson, who moved from Linfield to Stockport County.

The Kilmarnock manager was hoping to add two strikers to his squad after Allan Russell, their summer arrival from Airdrie United, was injured during pre-season.

"Allan is not as bad as first feared, but he will probably miss the first two or three games of the season," added Jefferies before completing the deal for Sammon.

"I always wanted to add at least one even if Allan was fit, so now it is imperative that we add a couple of strikers sooner rather than later."


Kilmarnock had been interested in Peter Thompson, but he moved from Linfield to Stockport County after Jefferies was not convinced by the striker's performance on trial.

Former Auxerre striker Joel Thomas was also on trial at Rugby Park but suffered a hamstring injury.

Jefferies said that midfielder Stefano Salvatore had "shaped up well" in training but pointed out that his priority was a striker.

Meanwhile, Hamilton won the Wilton Cup, organised to mark Hartlepool United's centenary, with wins over Huddersfield and a Sunderland XI.

see also
Three SPL clubs pursuing Lovell
18 Jul 08 |  Kilmarnock
Stockport win race for Thompson
17 Jul 08 |  Internationals

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