Promising Brighton striker to head to Luton on loan

Brighton & Hove Albion striker Aaron Connolly will join League One leaders Luton Town on loan once he has fully recovered from his hamstring injury.

Thursday, 31st January 2019, 8:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th February 2019, 10:01 pm
Aaron Connolly. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

The 19-year-old signed a new long-term contract with Albion earlier today and has completed a move to Luton on loan for the rest of the season.

Connolly will continue his rehabilitation from his hamstring injury at Brighton and will still be eligible for Albion's under-23 team. He is expected to feature in Premier League 2 before he links up with Luton.

Connolly has scored 17 goals for Albion's under-23 team this season and has represented Republic of Ireland at under-19 level.

Brighton under-23 coach Simon Rusk said: “This agreement gives Aaron the prospect of a first loan spell playing senior first-team football in League One.

“It is potentially a great move for him, but what is most important is that he is not rushed back from his current injury.

“Our medical staff at the club will work with him to get him fully up to speed, and then we will look at him playing for our under-23s in order to get him up to match fitness.

“Once we are satisfied that he is fit and up to speed, he will then join up Luton, and have the opportunity help them in their promotion push.”