QPR loanee won't rule out Reading FC returnBy Jonny Fordham
May 04, 2012
Matthew Connolly hasn’t ruled out a return to Reading next season.
The versatlie defender helped Reading win every one of his first five games on loan from Queens Park Rangers.
An ankle injury sidelined him for two months, but the 24-year-old came back to play in Royals’ last game of the season as they lost 2-0 away to Birmingham City.
Connolly’s Reading team mates are keen for him to return to Madejski Stadium next season and manager Brian McDermott is also interested in keeping hold of him.
But first the former Arsenal trainee needs to sit down with QPR boss Mark Hughes before making a decision on his future.
He said: “I still have a year left on my QPR contract and I respect that.
“I don’t know what Mark Hughes feels right now, I'll go back there in pre-season and train with them. Whatever happens over the summer happens.
“Wherever I play I just want to get better and improve as a player. Hopefully I can play in the Premier League next season and play as many games as possible.
“Everyone wants to feel wanted by a club. I’m not sure what Brian wants to do.”
Mikele Leigertwood and Kaspars Gorkss are both former team mates of Connolly’s at Loftus Road and the trio get along well off the pitch as well as on it.
“It’s an amazing group of people here and as players they’re great also and easy to play with,” said Connolly.
“The Birmingham game didn't go according to plan, but those games are kind of difficult because the job was already done.
“We tried to be as professional as possible and get a good result, but it didn’t quite work out that way.”
Connolly picked up a Championship winner’s medal last season with QPR, just like Gorkss.
But he never imagined he would have lifted the trophy for a second time after joining Royals in January, then sitting in fourth place, eight points behind leaders West Ham United.
JUNE 18 – put the date in your diary as that is the day when Reading will find out who they will kick off the 2012/13 Premier League season against.
Championship title-holders Royals could be picked as one of the live television games following the announcement at 9am.
In Reading’s first ever season in the top flight they came back to win 3-2 against Middlesbrough on the opening day of the 2006/07 season at Madejski Stadium.
At the start of the previous campaign they drew 0-0 with Manchester United at Old Trafford.