Sunday 17 December 2017

Former Republic of Ireland striker David Connolly hangs up his boots


THE 'Angry Ant' is around no longer as former Ireland international David Connolly has announced his retirement from the game.

Now 37, the striker had been playing away in League Two with AFC Wimbledon, making eight appearances for the Dons following his move there in January.

But time has caught up with the ex-Ireland player and he has quit with immediate effect following a heart-to-heart with Dons boss Neal Ardley.

"Both Neal and I decided that we would take it month by month in terms of assessing whether I could deliver physically at my age," Connolly said. "As time has gone on I felt that starting games was difficult and so too was travelling up and down the country to come off the bench for 10 minutes or so. Neal needed a striker that could play off Bayo Akinfenwa and start games and that wasn't me. I pulled Neal aside for a heart to heart chat and I felt that now was the time to call it a day. I have always had fond memories of this club and my winning goal against Luton will live long in the memory. I have spoken to Neal about coaching opportunities and that could be a possibility in the future."

Connolly won 41 senior caps between 1996 and 2005 and played for clubs like Watford, Feyenoord, Wolves, Wigan and Sunderland.

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