Jul 4, 2013, 2:09 PM EST
New York Red Bulls are weighing up a deal for former Leeds defender Paul Connolly, who is looking for a new club after The Peacocks released the 29 year old earlier this summer.
The 6’1″ right back came through the youth ranks at Plymouth Argyle, helping them achieve promotion to the First Division (i.e. The Championship) in 2003-04. He left Plymouth for Derby in 2008, where he finished the season with 49 appearances in all competitions.
The next season proved a difficult one for Connolly, who fell out of favor with manager Nigel Clough, eventually being loaned to Sheffield United for a seven match spell in 2010 before being transfered to Leeds later that summer.
In his two years at Leeds, Connolly made 58 appearances, fluctuating between spells in the Starting XI and spells on the bench. Injuries and a loss of form resulted in Connolly being transfer listed twice, joining Portsmouth for a four game spell in 2012 and Preston North End for 15 matches this past spring.
Currently out of contract, Connolly would be a free signing for the Red Bulls and could add some brawn and depth to the right side of coach Mike Petke’s defense where Brandon Barklage and Kosuke Kimura have split time this season.
A number of English clubs are also keeping tabs on Connolly’s situation.
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