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Connolly: PNE Are A Sleeping Giant

15 January 2013

Right back Paul Connolly tells PNE.Com he never wants to see a Saturday afternoon pass by again.

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“I obviously spoke to them, it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t but the Club didn’t need selling, there were a few other teams interested but I was always coming here as long as they could sort out a deal with Leeds United.”

“I know Lairdy, [Scott Laird] Welshy, [John Welsh] Simmo, [Steve Simonsen] and Andy Lonergan so I know a few players who have or still do play for the Club.

languishing in the bottom half of League One, not a chance.
“Preston are a sleeping giant, they should never be where they are but we are here for a reason. We have to rally together and start working as one to start getting up the table because there is no way we should be

“I am North West lad, I am for just down the road and I have played here a lot of times. I have friends who currently play here and have played here.

He continued by saying: “The table doesn’t lie but I know exactly what the Club us about, the gaffer obviously sold the Club to me but it didn’t need selling.

Admitting the Club sold itself despite interest from other football clubs, Connolly is ready to team up with a couple of familiar faces.

Describing North End as a sleeping giant, Connolly has experienced playing against the Club on numerous occasions during his time at Plymouth Argyle.

“I have always played regularly wherever I have been, now and again you find yourself out of the team due to form but never for a long spell of time. This is the longest spell I have been out and it has been tough.”

“I was given five days off by the manager at Leeds over Christmas and I hated it because I was at home in Liverpool with the family eating as much Turkey as I could and I didn’t have a game the next day, it was strange and it didn’t feel right. I didn’t enjoy one minute of it. 

“It has been tough but I am here now and I want to show people what I have got because at times like this you start to doubt yourself and you wouldn’t be human if you didn’t. It is great to be here and to get everything signed and hopefully I will play my part on Saturday. 

“It is nice to let people know I am still alive, I have been really in the doldrums the last few months and I have been a tough person to live with, I am sure my girlfriend will vouch for that,” admitted Connolly.

A former captain at Derby County, Connolly is chomping at the bit and can’t wait to help North End climb the League One table, starting this weekend with a lengthy away trip to Yeovil Town.

The 29-year-old joins Graham Westley’s men on loan from Championship outfit Leeds United until the end of the season.

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