Dylan Connolly on choosing Bray over Dundalk: 'I just want to play where I’m happy'

The speedy winger was heavily linked with a move to the Premier Divison champions, but he’s staying put.

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BRAY WANDERERS WINGER Dylan Connolly says he never considered making the switch to Premier Division champions Dundalk.

The 21-year-old was heavily linked to Dundalk as a direct replacement for Preston-bound Daryl Horgan, but Connolly confirmed his commitment to Bray by signing a two-year contract with the club on Sunday.

Connolly says his heart lies with the Seagulls, who finished sixth last season, 31 points behind Dundalk.

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“I loved my time down there this year,” he told 98FM’s Darren Cleary. “I probably played the best football of my life. I get on with the manager, I get on with the players. They’ve brought in three or four very good players.

“I’m excited. I just want to play where I’m happy.”

The club is expected to switch to full-time in 2017, with Gary McCabe, Aaron Greene and Keith Buckley all joining Connolly in signing up for next season.

When he was asked about Dundalk’s interest, Connolly says a move was “never” on the cards.

“They contacted Bray but it was nothing that interested me,” he said.

“I was talking to Bray the whole time, I knew I wanted to stay there the whole time. I went on holiday and came back and got things over the line with the manager and the board.

“I asked the club could I have a two-year deal just so I know for the next few years where I’m going to be, I have a young family so it’s good to have that stability for the next two years.

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“(Bray manager) Harry (Kenny) is like a father figure to me, his man management is different class. As a player there’s nothing better when you have a manager you go and talk to.”

Connolly signed for Bray after being released from Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich at the beginning of last season. He enjoyed a breakout campaign, scoring seven goals in 35 appearances.

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