Former Pompey striker David Connolly quits football

David Connolly during Pompey's Sky Bet League Two match against York City in September 2013

David Connolly during Pompey's Sky Bet League Two match against York City in September 2013

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Former Pompey striker David Connolly has announced his retirement from football with immediate effect.

The 37-year-old made over 400 senior club appearances during his career, with Watford, Wimbledon, Feyenoord, Leicester and Southampton among a host of clubs he played for, while he won 41 international caps for the Republic of Ireland.

Connolly joined Sky Bet League Two side AFC Wimbledon in January after his contract with Pompey was cancelled by mutual consent but, after managing one goal in eight appearances - shown in the video here -, he has decided to hang up his boots following discussions with his manager and former team-mate Neal Ardley.

Connolly told the Dons’ official website: “I pulled Neal aside for a heart-to-heart chat and I felt that now was the time to call it a day.

“As time has gone on I felt that starting games was difficult and so too was travelling up and down the country to come off the bench for 10 minutes or so. Neal needed a striker that could play off (Adebayo) Akinfenwa and start games and that wasn’t me.”

Ardley told Dons Player: “I tried to talk him around, but his mind was made up. I have invited David to come back and do coaching at the club whenever he is ready.”

The veteran striker had been out-of-favour under Andy Awford and not played a match for Pompey this season before his departure.

His on-going absence was often been questioned by supporters with their side struggling to score goals.

An agreement was reached to cancel his contract, which was scheduled to expire this summer.

Connolly scored 12 goals in 38 appearances for the Blues.

As time has gone on I felt that starting games was difficult and so too was travelling up and down the country to come off the bench for 10 minutes or so

David Connolly

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