Mackay happy to net Connolly

QPR defender set to finalise permanent move to Cardiff

Matthew Connolly: Queens Park Rangers defender is set to finalise a move to Cardiff City

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Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay is looking forward to adding Matt Connolly to his squad after agreeing a deal to sign the Queens Park Rangers defender.

Sky Sports revealed earlier this week that Cardiff's bid for Connolly had been accepted and the 24-year-old is now set to finalise his move to the Championship club.

Mackay believes the recruitment of the former Arsenal youngster is a positive sign for Cardiff's future and is happy to have him on board.

"Matt was schooled at Arsenal, which gave him a great start, and then went out on loan to increase his experience," said Mackay.

Investment

"He decided to step down a division to progress his career and has played a lot of matches, particularly in the Championship.

"He can play right across the back four and is another signing who is an investment for this football club.

"We have brought in a number of young players who will progress and Matt is another who will develop his game with us."

Connolly has made over 100 appearances for QPR since joining from Arsenal in 2008, but featured only six times in the Premier League last season.

He will become the second player to leave Loftus Road for Cardiff this summer following Heidar Helguson's move, while Tommy Smith has also been linked with a switch to South Wales.