Aaron Connolly is confirmed as Middlesbrough's first signing

Aaron Connolly is confirmed as Middlesbrough’s first signing of the January window… with the striker joining Chris Wilder’s Covid-hit promotion-chasing side on loan from Brighton

  • Middlesbrough confirm the loan signing of Brighton striker Aaron Connolly
  • The Republic of Ireland international is Boro’s first signing of the January window
  • The 21-year-old striker has made over 50 appearances for the Seagulls  
  • Connolly has also represented his country from U17 level to the senior team
  • Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder says he is ‘delighted’ with their signing  

Middlesbrough have confirmed the loan signing of Brighton striker Aaron Connolly.

The Republic of Ireland international is Boro’s first signing of the January transfer window and joins until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old has made over 50 appearances for Brighton and has represented his country from U17 level to the senior team.

Middlesbrough have confirmed the loan signing of Brighton striker Aaron Connolly (above)

The Republic of Ireland international is Boro’s first signing of the January transfer window

However, he has fallen down the pecking order this season – making just one league start for Graham Potter’s side during the 2021-2022 campaign so far. 

His one other start came in September during their 2-0 win over Swansea City in the Carabao Cup. The 21-year-old scored the two winning goals of the game.   

Nevertheless, Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder said he is delighted about his side’s first signing of the January transfer window. 

He’s made over 50 appearances for Brighton and has played for Ireland across various ages

Middlesbrough manager Chris Wilder (above) says he is ‘delighted’ with their signing

He told the club’s website: ‘I’m delighted. It’s an area of the pitch we need to improve in terms of competition for places.

‘He’s a young player, he’s played in the Premier League a number of times and he’s from a technical football club. He’s also played for his country.

‘He gives us pace, can finish at the top of the pitch and gives us competition for the players around him.’




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