The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

MATTHEW Con­nolly’s loan move to Wat­ford raised a few eye­brows and Cardiff boss Rus­sell Slade ad­mits the de­par­ture wasn’t a foot­balling de­ci­sion.

Con­nolly has started 22 games for Cardiff this term, in­clud­ing five in the last month, but is now a Hor­nets player un­til the end of the sea­son.

And while Slade claims the de­fender will re­turn to the club, he ad­mits the tem­po­rary exit was out of his hands.

“He’ll come back, he’s still a Cardiff City player,” said Slade. “It’s not for a foot­balling rea­son he’s gone.

“We don’t look like we are go­ing to make the play-offs and it also looks like we are not go­ing to get rel­e­gated, so a busi­ness de­ci­sion was made for the foot­ball club.

“He knows the rea­sons for the move to be granted.”

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