Brighton confirmed on their official website on Wednesday that Danny Cashman has signed a new contract at the club.
The Seagulls announced that the teenage striker has signed a new one-year deal with an option for a further 12 months at the Amex Stadium, thus continuing an association with the Seagulls that already stretches back to his arrival at the academy in 2012.
Cashman has yet to make a senior appearance for Brighton but he has made a name for himself in the academy ranks, scoring 15 goals in 70 appearances at under-18 and under-23 levels (as per TransferMarkt). He had a promising return of four goals and seven assists from 12 games in last season’s Premier League 2, highlighting that he is adept at creating chances as well as finishing them.
Simon Rusk, his manager for the Seagulls’ under-23 side, has hailed the 19-year-old as “an intelligent player” with good movement and has urged him to “carry on being difficult for defenders to pick up and mark and to carry on showing that precision in front of goal”. [via brightonandhovealbion.com]
Cashman may already have a role model at the Amex to whom he can realistically aspire – this time last year, Aaron Connolly had only played twice for Brighton’s first team, both in Carabao Cup games, but went on to feature regularly for Graham Potter’s side in the Premier League, making 14 starts and 24 league appearances in total last season.
The Irishman, who is only a year older than the Seagulls academy prospect, scored twice against Tottenham on his full Premier League debut and earned his first caps for his country’s senior team off the back of that performance, highlighting the rewards that are attainable for youngsters who make the most of their chance when given it.
It may seem like a lot to ask Cashman to replicate Connolly’s 2019/20 feats over the coming season, although considering how little experience the Irishman had 12 months ago, a senior bow is certainly not beyond the realms of possibility for the 19-year-old.
Will Danny Cashman go on to make a similar impact as Aaron Connolly at Brighton?
Brighton have clearly shown faith in him by offering him a new deal and, having seen Connolly emerge from the shadows to make his mark on the first team in recent months, the Seagulls might just have another young striker on their hands ready to explode into the scene in the near future.
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