Under-23s striker Aaron Connolly is targeting a Premier League spot with Albion this season – and a Republic of Ireland senior call-up.

Connolly trained with Albion’s first team during pre-season and impressed on Monday night with a quickfire double in a 2-0 Premier League 2 win over Wolves at The People’s Pension Stadium.

The 19-year-old striker is now hoping he has pressed his claims with new manager Graham Potter after his performances in training and for the under-23s.

He said: “I want to play in the Premier League this season and I want to impress the new manager.

“I’ve been training with them all pre-season and so far I have just been training every day with them.

“I didn’t make the (first team) squad last week so I just have to come here and get minutes and, hopefully, work my way in.

“I will do whatever I can to get minutes and, hopefully, the manager can see if he was here.”

After scoring 17 goals in 21 games in all competitions last season for Seagulls, and impressing in the Toulon Tournament with Ireland under-21s over the summer, the striker is aiming high at international level as well.

Connolly said: “I want to break into the first team here first, obviously, and then you have got to try and aim high.

“I’m going to try and aim for the first team in Brighton and with Ireland and hopefully I do get that chance quite soon.”