AFC Wimbledon striker David Connolly has retired from football with immediate effect.

Connolly, age 37, made over 400 appearances during his career that also saw him strike at clubs including Watford, Wolves, Wigan and current Premier League sides West Ham, Leicester, Sunderland and Southampton.

The striker even made an appearance as a substitute in the 2002 World Cup for Republic of Ireland. For his country, he appeared 41 times.

He joined AFC Wimbledon in January which turned out to be his final club, after his contract at Portsmouth was cancelled by mutual consent. It was his second spell at Wimbledon as he also played for them between 2001 and 2003, scoring a promising 41 goals in 68 appearances.

Connolly spoke to former player Neal Ardley about this decision. He told the Dons’ website,  “I pulled Neal aside for a heart-to-heart chat and I felt that now was the time to call it a day.”

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