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Sunday 25 February 2018

Dundalk swoop for Bray Wanderers winger in €40,000 deal

Dylan Connolly on his way to Dundalk
Dylan Connolly on his way to Dundalk

Dan McDonnell

Dundalk have agreed a deal to bring Bray Wanderers winger Dylan Connolly to Oriel Park when the transfer window re-opens this weekend.

The Lilywhites will sign flying winger Connolly for a transfer fee of €35,000, with short-term add-ons bringing the value to €40,000.

Bray will also retain a sell-on clause that will guarantee them a piece of the pie if Dundalk eventually sell the 22-year-old to a club across the water.

Bray and Dundalk have announced that Connolly has agreed to a two-and-a-half-year contract at Oriel Park, which will mean any suitors will have to pay up if they show interest between now and the end of 2019.

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny is a big admirer of Connolly and was keen to sign him last winter when Daryl Horgan departed for Preston, but Bray said they would not be willing to do business at any price.

Their stance has changed in the intervening period, even though they are pushing for Europe.

Earlier this month, the Seagulls reached a settlement with former boss Mick Cooke after a legal dispute arising from the manner of his departure.

They have invested heavily in their squad in a bid to challenge at the right end of the table and Harry Kenny’s men are in third place ahead of tomorrow night's visit of Dundalk - who are seven points ahead of them in second position.

Dundalk needed to complete a deal for Connolly by next Thursday to ensure that he was available for their Champions League qualifying date with Norwegian giants Rosenborg.

"I am over the moon to have signed for Dundalk," declared Connolly. "When I heard that the club were interested in signing me I was 100% on board with it and I wanted to get things done.

“When I knew the interest was there I wanted to come and I wanted to get things sorted as quickly as possible and I am delighted to have got that.

"I have had a good year and a half at Bray Wanderers. I want to thank everyone at Bray for everything they they have done for me during the last eighteen months.

“I feel now is the right time for me to move and Dundalk is the best place for me to go to the next level. I think it is the best move for me at this stage of my career.

"I have never experienced European football at senior level so I am looking forward to playing in the Champions League in a few weeks. It is something I have always wanted to do so that will be really good.

“I want to win every game. I want to do everything at the club - get into the team, work hard and score goals. I want to win trophies at Dundalk. I just want to help the team, contribute and see what happens.”

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