Irish international Aaron Connolly has signed a new four year contract extension with Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion. He is set to stay with the Seagulls until June 2024.
The 20 year old made 27 appearances for the club last season, scoring three times in the Premier League, most recently against Burnley on the last day of the season. Connolly has also earned his first two caps for the Irish senior national team in the last year.
Speaking to the club’s website the young striker said; “It’s fantastic the club have given me this kind of security because it means I can push on now for the next four years. It will help me relax and enjoy my football even more.
“This season has been unbelievable at times and obviously the Tottenham game when I scored twice was a big moment for me. But then I had the dip where I didn’t get the goals which was tough to take.
“But to get one against Burnley on the final day of the season and to go into the break knowing I have scored another goal since Spurs was a great feeling. I am just looking forward improving even more next season.”
Connolly praised Brighton boss Graham Potter by saying “without the manager I don’t think I would have played any Premier League games for Brighton by now.
“I owe a lot to him and I want to repay that faith that he has shown in me next season. The trust he has put in me is a huge bonus even without the goals, so if I can score regularly next season it will make me even happier.”
Technical director Dan Ashworth added “It’s been a breakthrough season for Aaron but he is always looking to improve every aspect of his game. His new contract will give him stability and the opportunity to really develop with us. We’re looking forward to working with him and helping to make him an even better player.”