QPR defender is handed lifeline by Hughes

Matthew Connolly will have the chance to prove himself this season

Mark Hughes has quashed speculation that Matt Connolly will leave the club this summer, and insists the defender will have the opportunity to prove himself.

Connolly managed just seven appearances for the Rs last season, the last of which came under former boss Neil Warnock in the 1-0 defeat at Arsenal in December.

Hughes sent Connolly out on loan in January, and the 24-year-old had been tipped to depart Loftus Road this summer.

However, Hughes is keen to give the former Arsenal man first-team chances ahead of the new season.

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“Matt’s done really well. He will get more game time,” said Hughes. “It was difficult for him when I first came to the club because I hadn’t seen a great deal of him before that so I felt his best option was to go out on loan.

“But I always said that I wanted to see him in the summer and would give him the chance.”

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