CONNOLLY SIGNS FOR AZ
By Gerrit van Leeuwen
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The 24-year-old has signed a three-year deal with AZ, after rejecting an offer to stay at De Kuip.
He was one of the best paid players in the Dutch league, despite being loaned out on numerous occasions, but he is likely to have taken a reduction in wages to move to the Alkmaarherdout.
AZ chairman Dick Scheringa has made a lot of money available to manager Henk van Stee and Ali Elkhattabi arrived earlier this summer from Sparta Rotterdam and he along with Robin Nelisse should form a potent strike-force with Connolly.
During his four years at at Feyenoord, Connolly only stared 25 games and scored just seven times for the senior side. This, however, was in stark contrast to his form for the Rotterdam club`s feeder side Excelsior, where over the last 18 months he scored 42 times in 48 appearances
This form had persuaded Feyenoord coach Bert van Marwijk to offer Connolly a new deal, but this was rejected and now he has joined AZ.