Queen of the South forward Lee Connelly is enjoying ‘every minute’ of his football after a tough year going from Sunderland to part-time football.

The attacker left the English League One club permanently in the summer but exited Sunderland in 2020 for a season-long loan at part-time Alloa Athletic. It was a tough spell for the 21-year-old as he dropped out of the full-time football environment.

Connelly was part-time last year. (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images)

But Queen of the South have allowed him to move back to the permanent arena and he scored the winner in Saturday’s impressive 1-0 away win against Raith Rovers. It moves Allan Johnston’s team fifth in the Scottish Championship and his early days at Palmerston have helped Connelly enjoy his football again.

He said: “I enjoyed every minute of it at Sunderland but I need to kick on now. It’s much better than last year, I was part-time last year and it was hard. I was quite lazy to be fair but I’ll blame Covid for that.

 

“Coming in here has really helped me and I’m enjoying being back in full-time football, getting routine, coming in every day to training and making yourself better. It’s really helped me. I know I need to fight for my place. We’ve got a lot of bodies now and we’re all pushing each other, which can only help.”

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