Connolly joins as McLeod departs

David Connolly has signed on a one-month deal
David Connolly has signed on a one-month deal
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Pompey have completed the signing of freeagent David Connolly and have shown Izale Mcleod the door.

The former Republic of Ireland striker has joined on an initial one-month deal and is waiting to discover if he will be given clearance to make his debut at Swindon on New Year’s Day.

Connolly has been training with the club but started his career at Watford, before moving to Holland with Feyenoord.

He since enjoyed spells with Wimbledon, West Ham, Leicester, Wigan and Sunderland before his stint with Southampton, which ended in the summer.

But with 41 caps for the Irish, the striker should add some real quality to the side.

McLeod, meanwhile, has left by mutual consent two weeks before his contract was up.

The 28-year-old scored 11 goals for the club but picked up a fifth yellow card of the season in the defeat to Yeovil and is banned for the Swindon game.

He has been heavily linked with a move to MK Dons.