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Chris Wilder hints at Aaron Connolly Middlesbrough exit

Aaron Connolly Middlesbrough

A tough loan spell for Aaron Connolly.

Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder has hinted that Aaron Connolly will not be in his plans next year at the Riverside Stadium, as ‘Boro look to right the wrongs of a disappointing Championship campaign.

While there were some bright spots, Wilder was unable to steer the Teesider’s to the Championship play-offs after a wretched start to the season.

In attempting to reach the play-offs, Wilder enlisted the services of Connolly on a loan deal, but the Irish international was unable to make a consistent imprint on Boro’s starting XI.

“I think it has not really worked out as well as we would have liked…”

Connolly joined Middlesbrough on loan during the January transfer window from Brighton, and after a good start, he struggled to score as often as he would have liked.

As a result, Wilder has suggested that he will part ways with his loan signings – which include Connolly – that he snapped up in the January transfer window.

Speaking to his club’s media team, Wilder thanked his loan stars for their efforts, but admitted that it has ‘not really worked out’ as well as he would have hoped.

“From the first bit on the loan players, we thank them for their efforts,” he explained. “I think it has not really worked out as well as we would have liked. But that is sometimes the nature of January windows.

“Like every signing, you want them to be a success, and it is important that you get as many right as possible than not. It has been a difficult period for us on that one.

“Then there are the guys whose contracts have expired, and they are difficult situations to deal with as well.. ”

Aaron Connolly.

When at Middlesbrough, Connolly did have some bright moments, but struggled for consistency for the most part under the stewardship of Wilder.

Scoring twice in 19 games, the Galwegian only played a bit-part role in Boro’s end of season play-off chase, coming on as a sub in four of their last five games.

He will, however, be hoping that he can right the wrongs of his inconsistent loan next month, as he eyes an international window away with the Boys in Green in the Uefa Nations League.

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