Aaron Connolly says it is a “great feeling” to sign a new deal – days after ending his long wait for a goal.

Albion’s Irish striker has agreed terms until June 2024.

Both he and midfielder Steven Alzate secured new contracts after impressive debut seasons in the Premier League which also them break into senior international football.

Connolly added to his two goals against Tottenham in October by scoring the winner at Burnley.

He said: “It’s fantastic the club have given me this kind of security because it means I can push on now for the next four years. It will help me relax and enjoy my football even more.

“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.

“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 to improving even more next season.”

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Connolly said the faith Graham Potter shows in young players was a key factor in him committing his future.

He added: “Without the manager I don’t think I would have played any Premier League games for Brighton by now.

“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.”