Brighton & Hove Albion under-23 forward Aaron Connolly completed his first training session for Sky Bet League One promotion-chasers Luton Town this morning.
The 19-year-old signed for the Hatters on deadline day in the January transfer window, but remained with the Seagulls to complete his recovery from a hamstring injury sustained against Liverpool’s under-23s.
Connolly scored on his return from injury in a friendly against Vancouver Whitecaps last Friday, before joining up with Mick Harford’s team ahead of Saturday’s game against Blackpool at Kenilworth Road.
The Irishman trained with his new team-mates this morning, and expressed his delight to have finally linked up with Luton for the remainder of the campaign.
He said, “It was good getting the deal done back in January, but obviously I couldn’t join until I got back from injury, which was very frustrating, but it’s good to be at Luton and I’m ready to go.
“It’s been two or three months since I injured my hamstring, so I had to get that right and get some minutes under my belt.
“I managed to get a goal [vs Vancouver Whitecaps], which is always nice, but that game was just about getting my fitness back to be ready for Luton.
“It’s a dream scenario to come into a promotion-chasing squad, and hopefully I can help the team keep that push going.”
Connolly helped Simon Rusk’s side win promotion to the top flight of under-23 football last season, and has since scored 17 goals across all competitions this season, including a goal against the Hatters in the Checkatrade Trophy.
The forward is now focused on achieving another promotion, this time at senior level, as Luton sit 12 points ahead of third-placed Portsmouth with six league matches remaining.
“Hopefully I can have another good experience of promotion – especially in front of the fans, which will make it even better.
“It’s all about getting back on track and hopefully scoring goals again. Hopefully I can do that here and keep that promotion push going.
“I know a few of the Irish boys here, having met them when we played at Kenilworth Road in the Checkatrade Trophy, like Alan Sheehan and Alan McCormack.
“I’ve also been in the same under-19 squad as Jack James when we played Wales in September, so there’s a couple of familiar faces who’ll hopefully help me settle in as soon as possible.”