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DEFENDER PAUL CONNOLLY SIGNS FOR LUTON TOWN

5 July 2014

Town snap up experienced right-back

The Hatters have completed the signing of experienced right-back Paul Connolly on a free transfer.

Connolly has penned an initial one-year deal to become John Still’s fifth summer signing transfer following the signings of Andy Drury, Ross Lafayette, Curtley Williams and Ricky Miller.

The 30-year-old has a wealth of Football League experience and has turned down offers from clubs in League 1 to sign at Kenilworth Road.

Although born in Liverpool it was at Plymouth, in 2000, that Connolly began his career. The defender impressed in a trial match as a teenager before being taken on by the Home Park club. He would go on and make 177 appearances in all competitions and help Argyle win two promotions.

Connolly swapped Plymouth for Derby County in 2008 where he became a regular for the Rams in the Championship during his first season at Pride Park, in which he was also named captain.

After 72 appearances for County – and a loan in between at Sheffield United – Connolly then joined Leeds in 2010. He appeared 64 times for the Elland Road outfit during which time he also spent time out on loan at Portsmouth and Preston.

Last season Connolly joined Millwall but, after recovering fully from a groin injury he could not force his way back into the side at the Den, and he finished the campaign on a short-term deal at Crawley, making seven appearances.

On his latest signing, John Still told lutontown.co.uk: “It was always my intention when Ronnie [Henry] left to have someone of knowledge and experience in that position.

“However it’s always about finding the right one. It’s easy to just go out and get any old player. You should never rush things.

“We had three of four people in mind for that position and we wanted an experienced one and a younger one. We’ve got the younger one in Curtley and now we’ve added Paul as the experienced one. 

“We were a bit bare at right back last season because we couldn’t find the right one. Now we’ve been able to bring in somebody of Paul’s ability and experience which is fantastic. He’ll be a good addition for us.”

Connolly told Hatters Player: “Luton was a club I earmarked to come to in the summer. It’s probably only one of three clubs in the division I would sign for.

“It’s one of the biggest clubs in the league so it’s a no brainer. I’m at the stage of my career where I wanted to be playing for a club that is moving in the right direction and not just sitting still.

“It’s going to be great being a part of what the manager is trying to achieve. I’ve been fortunate to play for some really big clubs in my career and I’m delighted to now add Luton to that list.” 

Connolly passed his medical at the Town’s Ely Way training ground on Saturday before joining in his first session with his new team-mates.


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