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Defender Connolly joins Morecambe on season long loan

Defender James Connolly, has today joined Morecambe FC on a season long loan from Bristol Rovers.

Connolly, who has spent his youth career with Blackburn Rovers and Cardiff City, moved to Bristol Rovers on loan during the 2021/22 season before making the switch permanent in June 2022.

During his time with Joey Barton’s side, he gained promotion to League One and at only 21 years old, currently has over 50 EFL appearances behind him, including playing in League One 30 times last season.

Originally from Merseyside, he has also represented Wales at U21 level giving him important international experience as well as at club level.

Morecambe FC Manager, Derek Adams said: "James is a player we have tracked for a period of time and have been interested in bringing to Morecambe.

‘’He is a young, hungry defender that has already gained vital experience in his time with Bristol Rovers.”

“We look forward to working with James here and continuing his development, whilst also pushing him to play a part in our journey this season.”

On signing, Connolly added: "Morecambe are a good club that have a proven track record of helping to develop young players like myself and give young players a chance to play if they are ready.

‘’That was a huge pull for me in coming here and I look forward to working the manager, staff and squad to continue improving myself and helping the team along the way.”

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