21-year-old forward Lee Connelly has signed for Queen of the South following his release from English League One side Sunderland.

The former Scotland youth international made five appearances for Sunderland before consecutive loan spells at fellow SPFL club Alloa Athletic. Connelly recently had his Stadium of Light departure announced and joins Allan Johnston’s cinch Championship club.

Leaving England for Dumfries. (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

A Queen of the South statement reads: “Manager Allan Johnston has today secured the services of young Scottish striker, Lee Connelly. Lee will officially join on a one-year deal from the 1st of July after being released by Sunderland.

“The 21-year-old spent last season on loan with Alloa Athletic and scored in their 3 – 2 win at Palmerston. He started as a youth with Queens Park before moving south to Sunderland in 2016, where he experienced first team football in the EFL Trophy and the FA Cup. He has also been capped at Under 15, 16 and 17 levels for Scotland.”

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