Wallace: Connolly was the one we had to get

Guy Whittingham welcomes David Connolly back to Fratton Park. Picture: Mick Young
Guy Whittingham welcomes David Connolly back to Fratton Park. Picture: Mick Young
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David Connolly has been identified as the most important signing for Pompey so far this summer.

The 35-year-old striker this month penned a new two-year deal to commit himself to Fratton Park and is expected to rekindle his promising striker partnership with fellow recruit Patrick Agyemang in League Two next term.

Last season, the former Republic of Ireland international hit seven goals in 17 appearances for the Blues after joining in January and became a popular player amongst supporters and in the dressing room.

And Pompey midfielder Jed Wallace believes it was vital the striker was tempted to return to the club by boss Guy Whittingham.

Wallace said: ‘David’s the man. He’s the man we had to get.

‘For me, he oozes class. He’s goals.

‘He is definitely going to be a big player for us next season.’

Nineteen-year-old Wallace is at the start of his career and struck up an excellent rapport with Connolly on the pitch as both men scored in the 3-0 win over Sheffield United in the last home game of the 2012-13- season.

But Wallace, who is currently away on England under-19 duty, admires his experienced team-mate’s energy and work-rate.

‘David has the enthusiasm of a teenager,’ said Wallace.

‘He’s also got a fantastic work-rate. He’s like an 18-year-old.

‘I ask him how he feels the day after a game. He says he’s a bit stiff and I think “I’m not surprised with the way he puts himself about”.

‘He keeps himself ticking over and everyone can see how fit he still is.’