Brighton & Hove Albion under-23 striker Aaron Connolly has been named the Premier League 2 Player of the Season.
The Irishman finished the campaign as top goalscorer in the top flight, finding the back of the net 11 times in the league, while also scoring a further six goals in the Premier League International Cup and Checkatrade Trophy respectively.
Connolly’s impressive form saw him win the American Express Elite Performance award at the club’s Players’ Awards Dinner at the end of last month, while on loan at League One title-winners Luton Town, where he made two substitute appearances for the promotion-winning Hatters.
Back on the south coast, the 19-year-old’s goals contributed towards a third-placed finish for Simon Rusk’s team during their first season in the top tier of under-23 football, and Connolly also made a substitute appearance for Chris Hughton's first team in the Carabao Cup against Southampton.
Connolly received four PL2 Player of the Month nominations throughout the 2018/19 season, winning the November accolade.
The 19-year-old fought off competition from eight other players for the PL2 award: Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal), Bassala Sambou (Everton), Morgan Feeney (Everton), Rafael Camacho (Liverpool), Ellias Sorensen (Newcastle United), Adam Idah (Norwich City), Daniel Loader (Reading) and Will Smallbone (Southampton).