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    cheekychap72 wrote:
    cheekychap72 wrote:
    Richard Wickson wrote:
    I hope Connolly fits in well here and gives us the boost we need up front. I feel really annoyed though that Wilder has signed Emile Sinclair for NTFC, he was a player OU were actively pursuing last week while CW was still under contract to us, I said before I was concerned he would get players in at his new club that he was looking at on our behalf and it's happened. I suppose that's football but it's annoying. Let's just hope Connolly out scores Sinclair particularly in the last game of the season.
    How's the pitch for today? Is the game on as I have a long way to travel!
    Emile Sinclair goal ratio is poor and no better than we already have got and its all down to the money lenaghan wants to pay on the loan players wages maybe portsmouth just wanted connolly of wage bill and rumour has to he fell out with new manager.
    Game on according to my mate
    Thanks Cheeky chap, didn't reply though I did see post before, thanks for that.
    And yes, Connolly did impress what a goal, well taken, he's got a footballers brain."
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Connolly out to make his mark at Oxford United

David Connolly is keen to make a big impression during his loan spell at Oxford Picture: Portsmouth News/Joe Pepler

David Connolly is keen to make a big impression during his loan spell at Oxford Picture: Portsmouth News/Joe Pepler

First published in Headlines Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Editor. Call me on 01865 425451

David Connolly is confident he can play his part in ensuring Oxford United achieve success this season.

The 36-year-old agreed a move to the Kassam Stadium yesterday, signing a deal that sees him join on loan from Portsmouth until May.

The former Republic of Ireland international, who won 41 caps for his country, has fallen out of favour at Fratton Park since the arrival of Richie Barker as manager.

But Connolly, who will wear No 24 for United and is set for his debut at home to AFC Wimbledon today, is optimistic that a move to Oxford will benefit both parties.

“I am really looking forward to it,” Connolly said.

“The club are in a very strong position and is set up for success and I want to play a part in that.”

Caretaker manager Mickey Lewis had been looking for a new front man, and was delighted with his capture.

“He is a good player and has scored goals wherever he has been,” Lewis said.

“Most of his career has been at the very highest level and he works hard, brings others into play and is always a player you have to guard against.

“He is here until the end of the season and I am sure will do very well for us.”

Connolly has made 323 career starts, scoring 141 goals.

He made his name at Wimbledon during July 2001-03, scoring 42 goals in 63 league appearances.

There followed moves to West Ham and Leicester, before Wigan paid £2m for the striker.

His time at the DW Stadium was not a success, however, and he then moved to Sunderland for £1.4m.

He left the Stadium of Light to join Southampton, and moved to Portsmouth in the summer.

United chairman Ian Lenagan added: “We have been looking for an additional striker throughout January with extra budget allocated.

“Oxford United have a great chance of promotion this year and this improves those chances.”

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