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Coach O’Donnell is saying that Dundalk is doing all they can to keep hold of Mark Connolly


Dundalk defender, Mark Connolly.

Dundalk defender, Mark Connolly.

Dundalk defender, Mark Connolly.


Dundalk head coach Stephen O’Donnell insists the club are doing all they can to hold onto centre half Mark Connolly.

Many were surprised to see the Clones man involved against UCD last Friday night, with the six-month loan deal announced from Dundee Utd back in January believed to be up at the end of June.

However, it is now understood that the 30-year-old is in fact on a season-long loan from the Scottish Premiership side but that they have an option to recall him this month.

While O’Donnell wouldn’t discuss the “details of the loan agreement” after Friday’s 3-0 win over the Students, The Argus understands The Tangerines are looking for a greater contribution from Dundalk to hold onto a player who has another year on his contract at Tannadice Park.

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Asked would Connolly be here for the rest of the season, O’Donnell said: “Potentially, but we'll see.

“It's an open secret that we want to keep Mark.

“It's obvious why we would. He has just picked up Player of the Month, but it has to suit all parties. It's not just us involved. We're doing our best to try and make it happen and we'll see what happens.

“Everyone needs to come to an agreement - Mark with Dundee Utd, us with Mark and us with Dundee Utd for it to happen so there are lots of different parts involved.

“There's all different variations and things to take into account. We want to keep him and we're trying our best to keep him. That's where the update is at the minute.”

While Dundalk had just six of nine positions on their bench filled last weekend, O’Donnell said he wouldn’t be signing players just for the sake of it – although he did admit to be scouring the market.

Asked would there be additions this month, the 36-year-old said: “Yeah, we'll see. We're trying.

“It's a tough window to bring in anyone. In Britain, teams tend to keep hold of them and players tend to wait to see do they get anything in Britain and domestically there's nothing really because everyone is under contract so the summer is a tough window to try and get players in.

“As I said, I'm happy with what we have. We had six on the bench including the keeper tonight so if we get a few injuries or a few setbacks then we are a little bit light but on the flip side I'm not going to bring in two or three players who aren't going to add to us on the pitch and who we won't do our do diligence on character wise just for the sake of getting bodies in that could upset the whole chemistry of the squad that the players have built.”