Irish duo Shane Duffy and Aaron Connolly were big winners at Brighton’s end of season awards on Sunday night following the pair’s impressive seasons.
Duffy picked up the Seagulls’ Player of the Year award after a solid season at the heart of Brighton’s defence, with five goals and a host of impressive performances as Chris Hughton’s side look to avoid relegation.
Connolly was the first recipient of the club’s new American Express Elite Performance award, following his goalscoring exploits for the U23s this season, the equivalent of a Young Player of the Year.
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The striker, who has been on loan at League One side Luton Town, had scored 11 goals in 15 Premier League 2 games for Brighton’s U23s before an injury derailed his campaign somewhat.
The accolades are recognition for both Connolly and Duffy’s impressive displays at the club, with the big defender telling Brighton’s club website that he was “a bit surprised” after winning the award.
“I’m a little bit surprised if I’m honest — I just try to be consistent and I feel as though my game has improved a lot over the years. It’s a nice feeling, but the team is the most important thing.
“I was quite raw as a kid growing up, but the more games I play, I’m minimising the mistakes. I’ve got a long way to go in my career, but I feel as though I’m improving every week.”
Elsewhere, Irish striker David McGoldrick was awarded the Player of the Year at Sheffield United while Newport County’s Padraig Amond won five awards including Goal of the Season as well as overall Player of the Season.
At Preston, midfielder Alan Browne was awarded the club’s Goal of the Season award while young prospect Adam O’Reilly won Scholar of the Year for the second season in a row.