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7 May 2019

Kieran Cleeves
Aaron Connolly celebrates his goal at the Emirates Stadium earlier in the season.

Brighton & Hove Albion under-23 striker Aaron Connolly has been nominated for the Premier League 2 Player of the Season award.

The Irishman finished the season 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 in April, while on loan at League One title-winners Luton Town, where he made two substitute appearances.

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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 season, winning once in November, but the striker will now look to round off an eye-catching campaign with the main individual prize that's up for grabs.

Connolly faces 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).

The winner of the award will be announced on Wednesday 16th May at the Premier League Youth Development Conference, hosted by Fulham.

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