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Wally makes his first signing as Wimbledon manager

Dylan Connolly joins Wimbledon

3 January 2019

Wally Downes has strengthened his attacking options by signing winger Dylan Connolly from Irish Champions Dundalk.

The 23-year-old has joined Wimbledon for an undisclosed fee and the signing is subject to international clearance being received.

Dylan is a pacy wide man who has played on both flanks during his career, but he featured on the right wing during his time with Dundalk.

Speaking about the signing, Wally Downes believes the Dons are getting a player who will be determined to prove himself over here.

“Dylan epitomises what I think the club has been founded on, an appetite for success through hard work and endeavour,” said Wally. “He has the raw skills and desire, and we are going to give young players like Dylan the opportunity to enhance us as a club and offer them a chance to fulfil their potential.”

Born in Dublin, Dylan starred for his home city club Bohemians after being spotted playing local football for Johnstown. He subsequently had spells with Home Farm and Shelbourne, before joining Ipswich Town four years ago. After returning to Ireland, Dylan’s impressive wing displays for Bray Wanderers attracted the interest of Dundalk, who signed him in the summer of 2017.

Capped by Ireland Under-21s, Dylan was a part of the Dundalk squad that won the SSE Airtricity League title and the FAI Cup last year.  Connolly made 51 appearances in all competitions for Dundalk and found the net on eight occasions, including the winner away to Levadia Tallinn in the UEFA Europa League last summer.

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