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PROGRESS: Jayson Molumby. Pic: Sportsfile

PROGRESS: Jayson Molumby. Pic: Sportsfile

PROGRESS: Jayson Molumby. Pic: Sportsfile

Fans of Waterford-born midfielder Jayson Molumby have been making a case for his promotion to the senior Ireland squad for some time, even before Stephen Kenny's ascension to the job from his U-21 role.

And those at Molumby's club feel that Kenny's promotion to the top job will be a shot in the arm for the careers of Brighton man Molumby and compatriot Aaron Connolly.

Striker Connolly has already played at senior level, under Mick McCarthy but Moluby, on loan to Millwall from Brighton, has had to wait.

But Brighton's Technical Director Dan Ashworth can see progress for both.

"When a coach moves up from within, if you've done well for him it's advantageous. If you haven't, it's not very good. But both of those have done well," he says of the pair's time at U-21 level.

"They did well in Toulon, they did well in the U-21 qualifiers. Jayson's been captain for him and Aaron played well for him and moved up into the seniors.

"Hopefully that will be good for both of those."

Molumby had been due to play at U-21 level last month, only for the qualifiers to be called off. Surgery on an ankle injury had halted Connolly's progress before the Covid-19 shutdown but Ashworth says the Galway lad is on the way back, as his prorective boot post-surgery was removed.

"He has had a good week, he has come out of the boot so we're hoping to get him doing a bit more active recovery now and getting him ready for when the season starts," Ashworth told the Brighton Argus.

Connolly remains in contract talks with Brighton. He only signed a new deal last year but improved terms are on the table after his Premier League breakthrough.