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CONNOLLY LOOKING TO LEARN OFF SENIOR STRIKERS

22 November 2018

Bennett Dean
Aaron Connolly will join Luton Town on loan when back from injury.

Brighton & Hove Albion under-23 striker Aaron Connolly reflected on the experience of travelling to Cardiff City with the first team, and believes that analysing the club’s senior forwards will help him improve his own game.

The Irishman flew to Wales with Chris Hughton’s team earlier this month, but just missed out on a place in the 18-man squad, with fellow under-23 player Viktor Gyokeres taking his place on the bench.

However, Connolly revealed that he thoroughly enjoyed the experience and was pleased to get a small taste of what it takes to compete at Premier League level, through watching Albion’s frontmen.

He said, “It was great to go away with the first team, seeing what needs to be done to play at that level.

“The first team are great at defending and when Glenn [Murray] gets his chances up front, he usually puts them away.

“Just watching Glenn, and Florin [Andone] when he came on, seeing what you need to do to play in the Premier League. You have to concentrate for 90-plus minutes, or you get punished.

“I need to look at those types of players and learn from them. Hopefully I can take bits out of their game and bring it into mine, and that should help me become a better player.”



Connolly returned to Albion’s under-23s and fired a hat-trick against MK Dons in the Checkatrade Trophy, which helped towards his nomination for the competition’s Player of the Round award.

The 18-year-old was pleased to receive the nomination and enjoyed the Checkatrade Trophy experience, but couldn’t hide his disappointment at going out of the competition on goal difference.

“It’s obviously good to be nominated and noticed — hopefully I can win it. It was a good group stage for us and I’m surprised we went out because we took five points from the three games.

“They were good games for us — we beat Peterborough on penalties and then MK Dons. We just missed out against Luton and probably didn’t start well enough in that game.

“If we could have got a result there then we would have qualified, but overall we did well and we’re proud of our performances.

“It’s tough because the defenders are smarter and have played at that level for a while. It was great to get the experience and play against senior teams.

“Those are the games that we want to play in — big games against experienced players. We want to show what we can do and hopefully attract loan moves.

“Ideally I’d want to stay here and push for a place in the first team, but if that doesn’t happen, then a loan move would be good for me.”


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