Aaron Connolly signs one-year deal with Hull City

Aaron Connolly signs one-year deal with Hull City

Aaron Connolly signs for Hull City.

Republic of Ireland forward Aaron Connolly has agreed a one-year deal with Championship side Hull City.

The 23-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan with the Tigers from Brighton, but only featured six times as he had his campaign cut short through injury.

He impressed in that time, however, with a two-goal Man of the Match performance against Queen’s Park Rangers seemingly convincing the football club to take him back for the upcoming season.

The Galwegian has been frozen out of the Ireland senior team fold since the autumn of 2021 but regular gametime in the Championship should help his chances of working his way back into Stephen Kenny’s plans.

Aaron Connolly welcomed to Hull.

Head coach Liam Rosenior said: “I’m delighted Aaron has joined us. He showed in a short time the impact he can have on not just the team but the group.

“He wants to be here and show his true worth. I can’t wait to get him fit and for him to fulfil his potential with us.

“Aaron represents everything I want on the pitch from my team: energy, pace, aggression and quality.

Rosenior praises Connolly.

“He’s not on loan; Aaron’s one of us now. That’s going to be important for Aaron as well and I’m delighted he’s going to be part of us.

“What convinced me to sign him again was his determination to come here. He had interest from other clubs but discounted them because he wanted to be at this club.

“He believes we can get to where we want to be and I can’t wait to see him back on the pitch.”

Connolly will link up with fellow Irishmen Harry Vaughan, Cyrus Christie and Sean McLoughlin at the MKM Stadium as they look to force their way into the Championship play-offs.

19-year-old midfielder Vaughan is tipped for an especially good season after making big strides in pre-season.

And maybe, just maybe, himself and Connolly can strike up an attacking relationship to take Hull where they want to be.