AARON CONNOLLY will be hard at work this summer as he prepares for another season of Premier League football.
Pre-season training is underway, with the new season set to begin on August 14.
In the meantime football fans have been feasting their eyes on Euro 2020, with Olympic football set to start this week too.
But fans may also be distracting themselves with healthy doses of Love Island, which returned to screens this summer, as it features Connolly’s ex-girlfriend Lucinda Strafford.
Who is Aaaron Connolly and who does he play for?
Born on January 28, 2000 in Galway, Ireland, Connolly started playing football at the age of five for Oranmore FC.
Connolly currently plays for Brighton & Hove Albion FC, who finished 16th in the Premier League last year.
Connolly made 17 appearances for the Seagulls last season, scoring twice in the process.
The 21-year-old plays as a forward, and made his name by scoring a brilliant brace against Big Six side Tottenham in a Premier League game back in the 2019/20 season.
In 2019, Connolly also spent some time out on loan with Luton Town, but made just two appearances for the side.
He’s represented his country, the Republic of Ireland, on six occasions, but has yet to score.
How long was Aaron Connolly with Lucinda Strafford?
Connolly and Lucinda Strafford, who is a contestant on this summer’s edition of Love Island, are said to have been together for two years before splitting during lockdown last year.
It’s been reported the pair called things off after Connolly was caught cheating on Strafford.
The Sun exclusively revealed on Sunday, however, that Strafford and Connolly are actually back together, despite her being on the show.
A source said: “Lucinda and Aaron reconciled before she went on Love Island.
“It was meant to be a big secret because there are strict rules about it.
“Aaron was only too happy looking after Lucinda’s dog. It makes him feel like they are still the couple they are.”
Who is Lucida Strafford?
Lucinda is 21 years old and hails from Brighton.
She is an online fashion boutique owner.
Lucinda used to work as cabin crew and in this role she has met her fair share of famous faces including Dannii Minogue, Usain Bolt and Nick Grimshaw.