Irish Purpose-Machine Aaron Connolly Wins Premier League 2 POTY
Brighton and Irish underage worldwide striker Aaron Connolly has received this season’s Premier League 2 Participant of the Yr award after an amazing marketing campaign with the Seagulls.
Connolly was on hearth in entrance of purpose in the course of the season scoring 11 targets and creating two in 15 video games for Brighton’s U23s within the PL2 – regardless of lacking a piece of the marketing campaign by way of damage.
The 19-year previous went on mortgage to League One high-fliers Luton City in January however solely made two appearances as he recovered from a hamstring situation.
Connolly, who has performed at each U17 and U19 degree for Eire, beat out two different Boys in Inexperienced as he pipped Norwich striker Adam Idah and Southampton’s Will Smallbone to this season’s award.
The striker’s super season was additionally recognised by his membership as he picked up Brighton’s Younger Participant of the Yr award on the finish of the marketing campaign.
Talking after profitable the award Connolly mentioned;
“If somebody had instructed me in the beginning of the season I might win it, I might have laughed.
“It has been an unbelievable season personally and for the group. I’m proud to have topped it off with this.”
“I believe I’ve to see myself pushing on to the primary group right here. I believe that’s everybody’s ambition in the event you’re within the academy right here.
“I need to play for the primary group at Brighton. If not that, hopefully I can play for a primary group elsewhere completely. However proper now my ambition is to play for this primary group.
“Hopefully I can do this within the subsequent few years.”
The previous Mervue United man will definitely be hoping that he can break into Brighton’s first group subsequent season after a standout 12 months with the 23s.
💬 “It’s an enormous honour to be picked by all of the coaches of the golf equipment that we’ve performed towards this 12 months, and I’m proud to have received it. It’s an honour for my household too.”#BHAFC 🔵⚪️
— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) May 19, 2019
Talking solely to Match of Day in November Connolly outlined that he felt he was prepared for the step as much as the senior set-up.
“Yeah I’d prefer to suppose that I’m prepared for the step up. I’ve been taking part in U23s since I used to be 16 and I’ve scored fairly a couple of targets so I’d prefer to suppose I could make the step up and if I did get the prospect I might take it.”