Connor Ripley is keen to make a big impression at the Wham Stadium after making his debut in the 2-1 win at Bristol Rovers.

Ripley signed on loan from Middlesbrough for the rest of the season on Thursday after John Coleman had chased him for a while.

The stopper has played on loan at Bradford, Oldham, Burton and Bury, among others, so has plenty of League One experience. He will rival Jonny Maxted for the number one spot.

“Accrington have been chasing me for a while and there was other stuff in the pipeline but I wanted to come here, it’s a club that is forward looking, a club that is going in the right direction,” said the 25-year-old.

“Bristol Rovers away is always a hard game, I don’t think I have ever won there and the fans are close to the pitch.

“But I was happy with my performance, I have shown I can make saves, I am good with the ball at my feet and, as time goes on, I will get to know everyone’s position and their strengths and it can only get better.

“It’s a great platform for me and I will give my all for Accrington Stanley for as long as I am here. Hopefully we can do something special.”

Stanley boss John Coleman added: “Connor did well, it was a hard decision between him and Jonny but I had a chat with Jonny.

“Connor is someone we have wanted for a while and we have had to be patient.

“I have always said I don’t want a number one, I want the two the fight for the place.”