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DONE DEAL: Connor signs

22 January 2016

Irish U-21 international joins from Watford

Neal Ardley today moved swiftly to bolster his midfield in the January transfer window with the signing of former Watford player Connor Smith.

The 22-year-old today became a Wimbledon player less than 24 hours after the Premier League club announced that his contract with the Hornets had been cancelled by mutual consent.

Connor, who made 13 first-team appearances for Watford, was handed his debut by Gianfranco Zola in a 3-2 win against Crystal Palace during the 2012/13 season.

The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, who earned his big break in the game through Sky TV programme Football's Next Star, has also had loan spells with Wealdstone, Gillingham and Stevenage.

With the paperwork having been completed earlier today, Connor is eligible to be a part of AFC Wimbledon’s squad for the trip to Notts County tomorrow.

Speaking during an interview with Rob Cornell for Dons Player, Connor expressed his excitement about the new challenge that awaits with Wimbledon.

“I am delighted,” said Connor. “I had been at Watford for a long time, ever since I moved over from Ireland. It’s tough to leave Watford, but I will always have good memories of my time there. I am happy to join this club. Hopefully I can get playing every week and help the club into the play-offs and promotion.

“There were a few clubs sniffing around, but the genuine interest came from Wimbledon and they wanted to do it. I am happy to join a club on the up and hopefully I can help the team to fulfil their objectives this season.”

Watch out soon for more about Connor signing, including Neal Ardley’s plans for the player. Exclusive interviews with Connor and Neal will be on Dons Player very shortly.

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