Today, The Rams confirmed the signing of Sammon on a four-year deal. The fee paid to Wigan is £1.2million.
Nigel Clough on the deal“When we first drew up a list of potential options with regards to bringing in a new striker it’s fair to Conor was top of the list, our number one target actually, so we’re delighted to announce his arrival. Having tracked him closely at Kilmarnock and, as everyone knows, been so close to bringing him in 18 months ago, we’ve tracked his progress at Wigan in the Premier League and we know he is capable of finding the back of the net. 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.”
|Full name||Conor Sammon|
|Date of birth||6 November 1986 (age 25)|
|Place of birth||Dublin, Ireland|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
The Irishmen began his career at an Irish club called Cherry Orchard, he then signed a scholarship at University College Dublin. His performances earned him a transfer to Derry City.
He couldn’t hold down a place at Derry, making just 20 appearances. Scottish side Kilmarnock signed the striker on a three-year deal in July 2008. He ended his first season at the SPL club with just 3 goals in a total of 20 performances. Sammon also struggled to make an impact in his second season with Kilmarnock, this time around he scored 4 goals in 29 games, only making a slight improvement.
The 2010/11 season proved to be a big season in the former Derry striker’s career, he made 27 appearances and scored 18 goals in-between the start of the season and January. His prolific first half to that season gave him an impressive goal ratio of 2 in every 3 games. That January he attracted interest from Derby County, where Nigel Clough is an admirer. In the end he turned down a move to Pride Park, opting to move to Premier League Wigan Athletic for a fee of £600,00.
The former republic of Ireland under-21 international only made 7 appearances in the second half of that season, with the first coming against Manchester City. In May that year he scored what proved to be a memorable goal against West Ham, the goal and result that day was pivotal in Wigan’s Premier League survival. His first start came against Stoke on the last day of the season, Wigan won and consequently beat the drop.
The 2011/12 season was Sammon’s first full Premiership season. In December Conor was sent off for catching the face of Michael Carrick with his elbow, subsequently Wigan’s appeal was successful. The season saw Sammon fail to score in 27 games. His Wigan goal record ended at 1 goal in 34 appearances.
Sammon Stat Attack!
Total Career Appearances: 214
Total Career Goals: 52
Record Goal return in one season: 19, 2010/11 season (18 goals for Kilmarnock and 1 for Wigan)
Career Goal Ratio: 1 goal in every 4 games (roughly).