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Connolly clinched

12 September 2013

Lions complete second deal of the day

Millwall have made their second signing of the day with the acquisition of defender Paul Connolly on a short-term deal running until January 2014.

The 29-year-old, most recently with Leeds United, was released over the summer and has been training with Steve Lomas' squad in the last few days.

Paul began his career at Plymouth Argyle, rising through the ranks before making his debut during the 2000/1 season.

He stayed with The Pilgrims until 2008, having made 177 appearances, before joining Derby County ahead of the 2008/9 season.

Paul established himself as the number one choice at right-back at Pride Park, and was also appointed captain under then-manager Paul Jewell.

However, the defender fell down the pecking order under new manager Nigel Clough and was loaned to Sheffield United in 2010, for whom he made seven appearances, before signing for Leeds in June of the same year.

He made a total of 64 appearances for them but also featured for Portsmouth and Preston North End on loan during his time at Elland Road.

The Liverpool-born right-back, who has made a career total of 340 appearances, becomes the club's tenth summer signing and is available for selection for Saturday's Championship clash with his former side Derby at The Den.

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