Dylan Connolly has signed an 18-month contract with Ipswich Town having impressed Mick McCarthy during a trial at Portman Road during the summer, who said:
"I’m delighted with him coming in. He’s a wide right player, he’s blisteringly quick and he’s got a fair bit of ability, he’s got a goal in him. And he’s coming from having played, so he’ll play in the U21s at the start but I’m looking at him with a view to playing with us, with being in the first team squad."
Connolly joins 17-year-old Adam McDonnell, another former Shelbourne player, who signed on at Portman Road in the summer. Issues relating to the training compensation due to Home Farm and Bohemians, his clubs prior to his spell with Shelbourne, were originally thought to be holding up the move. Under FIFA rules when a young player switches between national associations compensation is due to all the clubs who have trained him between the ages of 12 and 21.
Irish U21 international Connolly was top scorer for Shels in 2014 in the Airtricity League First Division with 12 goals in 27 appearences and was nominated for the PFAI Young Player of the Year award. Hopefully he will get some game time under Mick this season.
Here he is demonstrating what he can do with this cracker against Galway.
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