Exclusive: Shelbourne boss thinks this could be Dylan Connolly’s breakthrough season at Ipswich Town

Dylan Connolly. Picture: James Ager

Dylan Connolly. Picture: James Ager - Credit: James Ager

Ipswich Town winger Dylan Connolly has been tipped to burst onto the scene at Portman Road this season by Shelbourne boss Kevin Doherty, ahead of tomorrow’s friendly between the teams in Dublin.

Connolly, 20, joined the Blues from the Shels last season along with midfield team-mate Adam McDonnell, but has yet to make his bow for the first XI.

However, Town manager Mick McCarthy has not hid his admiration of the Republic of Ireland under-21 international and Doherty also rates the youngster who first came under his wing at the age of 15, when the duo were at Home Farm.

Connolly and his team-mates have been in Ireland all week as they step up their pre-season preparations and will play their first game of the summer, against Shelbourne, at Tolka Park tomorrow.

“This could be a breakthrough season for Dylan,” said Doherty.

“He maybe just has to improve his game knowledge a little, but I don’t think he will struggle fitness-wise.”

For much more on Connolly, Mick McCarthy and Town, see today’s e-edition or pick up a copy of the EADT or Ipswich Star

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