Cardiff defender joins on loan for the remainder of the season.

19/03/2015 15:43

Matthew Connolly


Watford have completed the signing of Cardiff City defender Matthew Connolly on loan until the end of the season. The 27 year old, who can play at centre half or right back has been a first team regular with Cardiff this season, making 26 appearances, 23 of them in the league and has started the Bluebirds previous four fixtures. He joins on loan for the remainder of the Championship season and could make his debut for the Hornets against Ipswich Town on Saturday.


The 27 year old began his career at Arsenal, but he only made 2 appearances for the Gunners both coming in the League Cup, spending a large majority of his three years at the club out on loan with AFC Bournemouth and Colchester United.


He left the Gunners in January 2008, joining QPR where he stayed for four seasons making 125 appearances for the Hoops scoring twice. He helped QPR gain promotion to the Premier League in the 2010-11 season and the following season he was loaned out to Reading where he made 6 appearances for the Royals who won the Championship in the 2011-12 season.


Connolly joined Cardiff City in August 2012 and in his first season at the club, he sealed his third promotion to the Premier League in three years as he helped the Bluebirds win the NPower Championship in the 2012-13 season. He has been a regular for the Bluebirds since he joined the club, making 66 appearances for the South Wales side scoring 5 goals.


Slavisa Jokanovic has made no secret of his desire to add another centre back to the Hornets squad since the January transfer window and Connolly has now joined the Hornets on loan until the end of the season. The 27 year old could prove to be a decent signing for the Golden Boys, as they seek to gain promotion to the Premier League, with Connolly possessing a wealth of experience and certainly knows how to get out of the division having achieved 3 promotions.


Welcome to the club Matthew!