Jewell closes on Connolly deal

Derby manager Paul Jewell is hoping to make Plymouth right-back Paul Connolly his second new signing as he reshapes his squad for the Coca-Cola Championship.

Derby manager Paul Jewell is hoping to make Plymouth right-back Paul Connolly his second new signing as he reshapes his squad for the Coca-Cola Championship.

The 24-year-old, who would be available for no fee at the end of his contract this summer, has already held talks with Jewell and undergone a medical at Pride Park.

The Rams boss told www.dcfc.co.uk: “Paul is available on a Bosman in the summer so we spoke to (Plymouth boss) Paul Sturrock to ask permission to talk to the player.

“We have done that and hopefully we can conclude a deal pretty quickly. He is keen to come and fits the bill as he is 6ft 1in, athletic and hungry.

“Paul is a fighter, and that is what I want to bring, as well as quality, which he has got.”

Connolly joined Argyle as a trainee and, after making his first team debut in 2001, has racked up 177 appearances for the Pilgrims.

Jewell has declared his intention to completely revamp the squad following their dire season in the Premier League and has already secured the services of Australian midfielder Ruben Zadkovich.

More in this section

Price info
IE_180_logo
Price info

Subscribe to unlock unlimited digital access.
Cancel anytime.

Terms and conditions apply

Sport
Newsletter

Latest news from the world of sport, along with the best in opinion from our outstanding team of sports writers

Sign up
IE_logo_newsletters

Select your favourite newsletters and get the best of Irish Examiner delivered to your inbox