Republic of Ireland Under-19 striker Aaron Connolly has signed a new three-year deal at Brighton and Hove Albion.

The Galway teenager has been eye-catchingly prolific with the club's Under-23s, netting 17 times in all competitions this season.

Although Connolly had been linked with a loan move this month, he's highly thought of at the Amex.

He's currently on the sidelines having suffered a hamstring injury in an Under-23s game against Liverpool two weeks ago, but this is the perfect tonic. 

"The length of the deal shows the trust that the club has in me and that means a lot, it shows they have faith in me at the age of 19," he said. 

"I want to stay here for as long as I can and make the first team, playing in front of the fans every week." 

After signing his new deal, it was announced that Connolly has agreed a loan deal with Luton for the rest of the season.

Connolly will be joining up with his new club as soon as he's fit and interim manager Mick Harford is looking forward to working with him.

"Aaron is very lively," said Harford. "He's a threat off the back of defenders. He always plays on the shoulder.

"He's a player we've really monitored over the last two or three months, kept tabs on him and watched him on five or six occasions and he's one we are absolutely thrilled to get into the football club.

"He'll make the pitch big, he's aggressive in his runs, he's dynamic in everything he does, and he's the right type for us. He's the right age and hopefully he'll come here and do well, develop and score us some goals."