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Southampton sign striker Connolly

David Connolly
Four of Connolly's six goals for Wolves came in a 6-1 win at Bristol City

Southampton have signed Republic of Ireland international striker David Connolly on a free transfer.

The 32-year-old, who left Sunderland in the summer following a succession of groin problems, has agreed a deal at St Mary's until the end of the season.

Connolly has signed in time to figure in Friday's trip to Southend.

Manager Alan Pardew said: "If he comes back from this injury lay-off, like I think he will, then we're going to find ourselves with an exciting player."

He added: "David is keen to show that he is ready to kick back in.

"I believe in him and my staff all feel that we could get one of the bargains of the season - but only if David comes back to what he has achieved and what he could do before, because he is a Premiership player when he is at his best.

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"He's not played football at this level for about 18 months through injury, and one in particular, but he has been training undercover with us for about three weeks and he looks in good shape."

Connolly, who has won 41 international caps, scoring nine goals, began his career with Watford, with his performances earning a move to Dutch side Feyenoord - one of the first high-profile Bosman moves.

He returned to England for a loan spell with Wolves before joining Wimbledon, where his 42 goals in 63 league starts earned him a move to West Ham, where he played under Pardew.

Connolly has since had spells with Leicester and Wigan before enduring an injury-ravaged time with the Black Cats.



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