Played for Subiaco before being drafted by West Coast Eagles. He played 3 games for West Coast before moving to Adelaide in 1995 where he had a brilliant season, winning the Crows Best and Fairest, and a position in the WA State of Origin side. ??He played in both of Adelaide’s Premierships in 1997 and 1998, playing a total of 96 games for the team. Connell now heads up the Sports Department at his former school Newman College.