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CONNOLLY JOINS CARDIFF

MATTHEW Connolly has joined Championship club Cardiff City.

The 24 year-old has penned a three year-deal in South Wales, after the two clubs agreed an undisclosed fee for the defender's services.

A product of the successful Arsenal academy, Connolly joined QPR from the Gunners in January 2008, initially penning a three-and-a-half year deal.

The versatile defender made his debut against Chelsea in an FA Cup third round tie at Stamford Bridge, before going on to make 21 appearances in all competitions that season.

Connolly made a further 39 appearances the following campaign, before bagging his first goal in QPR colours against Blackpool in January 2010 with a stunning volley.

He was also on target in Neil Warnock's first game in charge and finished the 2009/10 season with a further 21 appearances to his name.

However, it was during the 2010/11 Championship-winning season that Connolly really came of age, forming a strong defensive partnership with Kaspars Gorkss, as the R's cantered to the title.

Last season proved to be a mixed one for Connolly, however.

He made just six Premier League appearances for the R's, but then won yet another promotion - this time with Reading - for whom he spent the final few months of the campaign on loan.

In total, Connolly made 135 appearances in all competitions for Rangers, scoring two goals.

The club would like to thank Matthew for his contribution to QPR and wish him all the best for the future.