Raith Rovers in talks to sign freed Dundee United youngster Aidan Connolly

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BY IAIN COLLIN – @CCP_sport

Raith Rovers are in talks to snap up freed Dundee United attacker Aidan Connolly for the remainder of the season.

The 20-year-old, who is also attracting interest from at least one Premiership club, has trained with the Kirkcaldy club and discussed a move with manager Ray McKinnon.

(Pic: Raith TV)
(Pic: Raith TV)

The Stark’s Park boss is keen to strengthen his offensive options following the departures this month of Jon Daly and Craig Wighton, and is optimistic a deal can be struck after the youngster negotiated an early release from his United contract, which was due to expire in the summer.

Connolly, whose dad Paddy was a Tannadice team-mate of McKinnon’s, moved to Tayside in 2013 after making his name at Queen’s Park, but has failed to hold down a regular starting place.

He had a brief spell on loan under McKinnon at Brechin City and has made 35 appearances for the Tangerines – but enjoyed just four substitute’s outings after Mixu Paatelainen took over as manager from Jackie McNamara.

McKinnon has been seeking to add a marksman to his squad but admits he would be thrilled if he could secure Connolly on a short-term deal.

He said: “He’s not an out-and-out striker but he’s a front player, he’s clever and he’s really creative, with great feet, and he would create opportunities.

Talented

“He’s a really talented football player and you can’t get enough of them in your team.

“He’s played a lot of first-team games and he would give us loads of creativity up front.

“He’s got real trickery and he keeps the ball great. He would gives us something different and is a real, tidy ball player around the box.

“He’ll chip in with goals as well.

“He wants to play and he’s been in and out at United, but I think he’s really talented.

“Fingers crossed we can get it over the line.”

@IainCollin

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