Flying winger Dylan Connolly is raring to get going with his AFC Wimbledon career, having received international clearance in time for Saturday’s trip to Coventry.
Dylan joined the Dons from League of Ireland champions Dundalk last week. Although their season finished in November, he doesn’t see it being too much of a problem as he comes into contention for this weekend.
“I’m not far off top speed now, to be honest,” said Dylan in his first interview with our premium iFollow Dons subscription channel. “I’ve been training flat-out for the last week and I’ve been working really hard doing extra sessions. When I was off I was working hard as well, as I was doing bits. I’m in shape and I’m nearly ready to go.
“There are loads of players that have come over from Ireland in recent years, who are doing well and they are getting into the international side. Obviously I can take inspiration from that, but it’s up to me now. I have to work hard on the pitch and show what I can do.
“I’m more of a fast and direct winger.I like to take defenders on, get crosses into the box, try to get shots away, and score goals."
The full interview with Dylan Connolly, our first signing in the January transfer window, is available on our iFollow Dons video platform via the link above.
Dylan’s key attribute is his speed and he’s aiming to help the Dons convert more chances, when given the opportunity, as Wimbledon look to pull away from the League One basement.
“It’s a good challenge and I’m really looking forward to it," said Dylan. "Hopefully I can bring some sort of strong mentality to the team. I’m looking forward to the challenge and hopefully we can stay up.”
The former Republic of Ireland under-21 international believes he is in the right place to improve his game, having enjoyed working with Wally Downes and his coaching staff for the past week.
“Obviously I can benefit from working with them,” said Dylan. “Gaining small details that they can give me, that can help me to improve my game, plus what I can do to attack full backs and defenders will be good. I will give 100 per-cent every game, work hard and I’ll give everything for the badge.
“It’s been good. I’ve been here for over a week now and the lads have been great. The staff and the manager have helped me settle in, so I’m keen to get going now and show everyone what I can do.”