Highly-rated Irish striker Aaron Connolly has signed a new three-year contract at Premier League club Brighton and has joined League One leaders Luton on loan.
Connolly has been in excellent form for Brighton’s U23s this season scoring 16 goals and winning the Premier League 2 Player of the Month for November.
His form at underage level had led to speculation that Connolly could be on his way out of Brighton permanently with Scottish champions Celtic as well as Championship sides Leeds United, QPR and Millwall all interested in the 19-year olds’ services.
The 19-year old has, however, completed a loan move to Luton Town until the end of the season
3⃣ NEW SIGNINGS | The Town have pulled of a tremendous transfer deadline day Hat-trick by signing Alex Baptiste from @QPR, Jason Cummings from @NFFC and Aaron Connolly from @OfficialBHAFC – all on loan until the end of the season! #COYH
— Luton Town FC (@LutonTown) January 31, 2019
The Irish underage international has struggled for first-team opportunities at the Amex despite his excellent goalscoring form for Brighton’s U23’s and finds himself behind the likes of Glenn Murray, Florian Andone, and Jurgen Locadia in the pecking order at the club.
His chances of first team action were recently scuppered again thanks to a hamstring injury which saw him stretchered off during Brighton’s U23s game against Liverpool.
Speaking exclusively to Pundit Arena in November, Connolly outlined that he would be open to a loan move away from Brighton as he looks to gain as much experience in first-team football as possible, with Kenilworth Road the chosen destination.
“It’s something that I’m going to have to think about but I’m just going to concentrate on trying to score a few more goals and then hopefully someone does come in like that for a loan or anything.
“I’d 100% be interested in a loan move, that’s what everyone wants to do, play first-team football.
“I mean the 23s is a good league don’t get me wrong but it’s not first team is it? It’s not playing in front of six or seven thousand every week and hopefully, I’ll get that experience soon.”