David Connolly cleared to play for Dons


David Connolly was finally cleared to play for Wimbledon today after the Dutch authorities ruled claims of a verbal agreement to join AZ Alkmaar were false.

The Republic of Ireland striker, who was out of contract with Feyenoord, held talks with Dutch side Alkmaar but opted to join Wimbledon after a recommendation from international team-mate Kenny Cunningham.

Connolly signed a three-year contract with the Dons as a free agent last week, but Alkmaar claimed he had made a verbal agreement with them and demanded the Dutch FA suspend him from playing for his new club.

Wimbledon chairman Charles Koppel flew with the player to Holland this week for talks with Dutch football officials and argued his case during a three-hour meeting, which was also attended by Alkmaar officials.

After a lengthy meeting, Connolly is set to make his debut against Northampton tonight.