Republic of Ireland striker Aaron Connolly has capped off a dream debut Premier League season by signing a new four-year contract with Brighton. 

The 20-year-old made a total of 27 appearances in all competitions for the Seagulls in a season where they finished in 15th position, with his three Premier League goals coming against Tottenham in October (2) and on the final day of the campaign against Burnley. 

His league brace against Spurs was followed a week later by his international debut against Georgia off the bench. Three days later he started the European Championship qualifier away to Switzerland. 

"This season has been unbelievable at times and obviously the Tottenham game when I scored twice was a big moment for me. But then I had the dip where I didn't get the goals which was tough to take," the Galway native told the club’s website. 

"But to get one against Burnley on the final day of the season and to go into the break knowing I have scored another goal since Spurs was a great feeling. I am just looking forward improving even more next season." 

Manager Darren Potter has shown his faith in youth in his time in charge and Connolly has paid tribute to the man who has allowed him flourish at the club. 

"Without the manager I don’t think I would have played any Premier League games for Brighton by now," he said. 

"I owe a lot to him and I want to repay that faith that he has shown in me next season. The trust he has put in me is a huge bonus even without the goals, so if I can score regularly next season it will make me even happier."