Aaron Connolly signs new four year deal with Brighton

Young Irish attacker says new deal ‘will help me relax and enjoy my football even more’

Brighton and Hove Albion’s Aaron Connolly celebrates scoring at Turf Moor on the final day of the season. Photograph: PA

Brighton and Hove Albion’s Aaron Connolly celebrates scoring at Turf Moor on the final day of the season. Photograph: PA

 

Brighton pair Aaron Connolly and Steven Alzate have each agreed new four-year contracts with the Premier League club.

Republic of Ireland forward Connolly and Colombia midfielder Alzate broke into the first team at the Amex Stadium this season under Albion boss Graham Potter.

The duo, who each made their international debuts this term, are now tied to the Seagulls until the summer of 2024.

Connolly scored three times in 24 top-flight appearances, claiming Sunday’s winner at Burnley having netted twice in a 3-0 win over Tottenham in October.

“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,” said the 20-year-old.

“This season has been unbelievable at times and obviously the Tottenham game when I scored twice was a big moment for me.”

Alzate, who was signed from Leyton Orient in 2017, told Brighton’s website: “The manager has been integral for me. He gave me the opportunity to make my debut and to kick on from there.

“When I made my debut I had to prove myself, but he has given me the opportunity to make that impression and I think I have taken it with both hands.”

Alzate, 21, made 19 Premier League appearances as Albion finished 15th, although his season was curtailed by groin surgery.

Meanwhile, Ireland striker Aiden O’Brien has agreed a two-year deal with Sunderland.

O’Brien scored 44 goals in 226 appearances for Millwall before being released earlier this month.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.