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Derby snap up Plymouth defender

Paul Connolly
Connolly played 42 league games for Argyle this season (Getty)

Derby County manager Paul Jewell has started his squad rebuilding by making Plymouth Argyle full-back Paul Connolly his first summer signing.

The 24-year-old defender was out of contract at Home Park and has joined the Rams on a free transfer.

Jewell told BBC Radio Derby: "It might not get people jumping off seats as far as names are concerned but he's athletic, hungry, and a fighter.

"That's what I want to bring - as well as some quality, which he has got."

Connolly progressed through the youth ranks with the Pilgrims and has played more than 150 games for the club.

see also
Connolly pens new Plymouth deal
06 Nov 06 |  Plymouth

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