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Brighton & Hove Albion The 21-year-old has signed with the Seagulls until the end of this season.
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'I have dreamed of becoming a professional footballer my whole life': Ireland midfielder Connolly joins Brighton
Megan Connolly recently spent four years playing university football on a scholarship in Florida.

IRELAND INTERNATIONAL MEGAN Connolly has agreed to join Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Women’s Super League, having recently brought the curtain down on a successful spell playing university football in the United States.

The 21-year-old could make her debut tomorrow against Manchester City after agreeing a contract with the Seagulls until the end of this season.

Connolly began her career with local side Cork Corinthians before earning a scholarship in 2015 to play and study at Florida University.

Last month she graduated with a degree in Sports Management and secured the NCAA women’s soccer championship during her final game.

“We are delighted to bring in a young player of Megan’s quality to the club,” Brighton manager Hope Powell said.

“She has enjoyed a successful career playing college football out in the States, and already has senior international experience with Ireland.

Megan Connolly with Gunnhildur Yrsa Jonsdottir Tommy Dickson / INPHO Connolly made her Ireland debut in 2015 and has been an ever present for Colin Bell's side since. Tommy Dickson / INPHO / INPHO

“I am very much looking forward to working with Megan, and would like to welcome her to the club.”

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The midfielder made her Ireland Women’s National Team debut against the USA in January 2015 aged 17 and has been an ever-present in Colin Bell’s international side in recent qualification campaigns.

“I have dreamed of becoming a professional footballer my whole life which makes me so excited to announce that I have officially signed my first professional contract with [Brighton],” she tweeted on Saturday.

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