Tuesday 20 March 2018

Seagulls block Dundalk swoop for Connolly

Bray Wanderers have told Dundalk that Dylan Connolly is not for sale. Photo: Sportsfile
Bray Wanderers have told Dundalk that Dylan Connolly is not for sale. Photo: Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Bray Wanderers winger Dylan Connolly wants to join Dundalk but the Seagulls have told the League of Ireland champions he is not for sale at any price.

The highly regarded 21-year-old is keen to make the move to Stephen Kenny's side but his situation is complicated by the fact that he is under contract at the Wicklow club for another year.

Dundalk would have to pay a fee for the winger, yet Bray are refusing to do business as they have ambitious plans to mount a challenge at the top end of the table in 2017.

But the Irish Independent has learned that Connolly is unhappy as he is attracted by a switch to the Louth club, especially as that would offer the carrot of European football.

He was shortlisted for PFAI Young Player of the Year after a series of outstanding performances following his return to Ireland from a short spell at Ipswich.

Connolly stood out in a summer win over Dundalk and Kenny will need a new winger if Daryl Horgan leaves over the winter.

Elsewhere, Galway United have snapped up striker Ronan Murray from Notts County. He is the second Mayoman to sign for Shane Keegan's side this week after David Cawley joined from St Patrick's Athletic.

Murray has spent almost a decade in the UK, with the 25-year-old making 129 appearances at league level after permanent stays at Ipswich and Notts County and loan stints with Torquay, Plymouth and Swindon.

Sligo Rovers have recruited former-Norwich defender Kyle Callan-McFadden from MLS side Orlando City and Dave Robertson has also added Derry back-up keeper Shaun Patton to his panel.

Irish Independent

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