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Saturday, December 29, 2007

QPR Reportedly Sign Arsenal's Matt Connolly...Other Supposed Forthcoming Signings: Fritz Hall, Martin Taylor, Rowan Vine

The Sun
"QPR have signed defender Matt Connolly, 20, (below) from Arsenal for £1million.
They also plan to wrap up the signing of Wigan centre-back Fitz Hall, 27.
And a six-month loan for Manchester United defender Kieran Lee, 19, has been agreed.
The signings follow investment by the Mittal family, Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio Briatore. The Sun

The Mirror - Birmingham are set for a £3million cash

Birmingham are set for a £3million cash boost after agreeing to sell both Martin Taylor and Rowan Vine to QPR. The Championship club have agreed to buy Brum defender Taylor, 28, for £1m. Ex-Luton striker Vine, 25, on loan at Loftus Road, is to join for £2m + Mirror

See also: Vital Football/Wigan saying Hall to QPR

Matthew Connolly
Defender Matthew has joined Championship side Colchester United on loan for the 2007/08 season.
Connolly, 19, broke into the first team last season, making his debut in the Carling Cup victory at West Bromwich Albion last October, playing the full 90 minutes. This was followed by a substitute appearance in the 6-3 victory at Anfield in the Carling Cup Fifth Round.
Matthew has been a regular in the Reserves for the past two seasons, featuring many times as Captain and made 11 starts for Neil Banfield’s team last term.
Matthew had a very eventful 2006/07 campaign. After playing in Dennis Bergkamp’s Testimonial match at Emirates Stadium in July, Matthew also trained with the full England squad as they prepared for their friendly match against Holland in November. He later spent a successful loan spell with League One side AFC Bournemouth, making seven appearances.
My Year
Matthew made three appearances for the Reserves this month. The 19-year-old centre back captained the side as Neil Banfield’s youngsters earned a 0-0 draw at Chelsea before going down 3-0 in successive games at Aston Villa and Charlton.
Matthew started the month on a high as he came on for the final three minutes of Arsenal’s 6-3 Carling Cup Quarter-Final victory at Liverpool. The 19-year-old centre back made no further appearances however after picking up an injury in training.
Matthew scored his first senior goal in December as he completed his first full month on loan at League One outfit Bournemouth. He started the month with 90 minutes in a 1-1 FA Cup draw at Bristol Rovers. The 19-year-old centre back was on the scoresheet in the next game as the Cherries recorded an impressive 2-0 scalp of Nottingham Forest. The Arsenal Reserves captain went on to appear in defeats to Port Vale and Bristol Rovers and draws at Gillingham and Bristol City.
Matthew joined Bournemouth on loan at the end of November and will spend six weeks with the south coast club. The Reserve captain was an unused substitute in the Carling Cup win over Everton but missed the second strings 1-0 defeat to Fulham as he was finalising his move to the Cherries. He made his debut for the League One side two days after joining and helped them keep a clean sheet in a goalless draw with Bradford City.
Matthew made his Arsenal debut as a youthful Gunners side cruised into the Carling Cup Fourth Round with a 2-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns. The young Reserves captain also played a full 90 minutes for the second string in the 2-1 wins over West Ham United and Charlton. He then played 70 minutes in the 2-1 Reserve defeat to Chelsea and a full 90 minutes in the crushing 6-0 defeat at Reading.
Matthew was not involved in the first team in September but produced two solid displays for the Reserves in the drawn North London derby and the 2-0 win over Portsmouth.. Arsenal

See also
Wikipedia Profile of Matt Connolly, who's been out on loan at Colchester this season, and called up for the England U-21 squad.
- See also Teamtalk on Connolly's callup.- Arsenal blog profiling Connolly

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