Matt Connolly: Cardiff City defender signs until 2017

Matt Connolly
Matt Connolly has scored five goals in 47 appearances for the Bluebirds

Cardiff City defender Matt Connolly has signed a two-year contract extension after starting the first eight league games of the season.

Connolly signed for Cardiff for £500,000 from QPR in 2012 and has now committed until 30 June 2017.

The centre-back only played four matches for the Bluebirds in the Premier League last season but has made a strong start this year.

"I'm delighted to have committed myself to Cardiff City," said Connolly.external-link

"There's been a great camaraderie in the squad since I first came here.

"The ambition to be successful is as strong as it's always been."

The 27-year-old currently has a slight hamstring injury and missed the last two games against Sheffield Wednesday anddrawing 1-1 at Brighton.

He is now being assessed ahead of the Bluebirds' trip to Blackpool on Friday.

Connolly, who missed most of last season with an ankle injury, has scored five goals in 49 appearances for the Bluebirds.

However, he faces competition from fellow centre-backs Sean Morrison and Bruno Ecuele Manga for a place in the starting 11.

Morrison, signed from Reading in August, and Ecuele Manga, recruited from French side FC Lorient in September, have deputised in his absence.

Cardiff are 13th in the Championship and are unbeaten in three league games under caretaker coaches Scott Young and Danny Gabbidon.

The Bluebirds beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 on Saturday before drawing 1-1 at Brighton on Tuesday.

Ex-Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade, who was in the crowd at Brighton, is expected to take over as Cardiff boss.

The Welsh side have been without a manager since the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in September.

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