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18-year-old Irish striker Connolly named U23 Premier League player of the month

The Galway native scored six times in November for Brighton & Hove Albion’s second string.

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION striker Aaron Connolly has been recognised for his goalscoring exploits in November.

Brighton and Hove Albion v Southampton - Carabao Cup - Second Round - AMEX Stadium Brighton's Aaron Connolly. Source: Gareth Fuller

Connolly, who has netted 17 times this season for Brighton’s second-string side, has been named player of the month in Premier League 2 — the competition that caters for the reserve (U23) teams at England’s top clubs.

It’s a case of third-time lucky for the 18-year-old striker, who was also nominated for the award in August and September.

Connolly scored six times in three appearances for Brighton’s U23s last month, including a hat-trick in a Checkatrade Trophy win over MK Dons.

The Galway native, who previously made two substitute appearances for his club’s first-team in the Carabao Cup, appears to be closing in on a breakthrough after travelling with Chris Hughton’s side for their recent Premier League fixture at Cardiff City.

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A Republic of Ireland U19 international, Connolly has reportedly been the subject of interest from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim.

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