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    by Published on 20th April 2014 21:09

    Youth Team striker Montell Moore has been offered a professional contract to be part of the Development Squad at Brentford Football Club. Montell, 18, completes his two-year scholarship next month and has been given the chance to turn professional. He has been offered a one-year contract and will sign it shortly. Brentford have also offered a contract to goalkeeper Mark Smith, who did his two-year scholarship at Queens Park Rangers while central defender Lionel Stone has also been offered a professional deal. However, Kojo Awotwi, Richard Bryan, Lewis Lavender, Michael Onovwigun, George Pilbeam, Fabian Rowe, Josh Stockwell and Joe Taylor will be leaving Brentford at the end of the season.

    Ose Aibangee, Brentford FC Academy Director, said: “We have taken the decision to only offer Development Squad contracts to players that we believe could play for Brentford in The Championship. That will be the same for the current group of Development Squad players. We are not signing Development Squad players to fulfil our fixtures; we will give younger players a chance in those games. That means that some players who may well be good enough to play professional football will be leaving us. I would like to wish those young players leaving us all the best for the rest of their career. Just because there is not an opportunity at Brentford at this time does not mean there is no future for them in football. But if we do not think they can play in The Championship then it is better they leave now and develop their career elsewhere. That is the best thing for them.

    Lionel Stone has been offered a contract Mark Smith has signed and Montell will do so shortly. Mark has impressed in training and in games and will be a part of our group next season. He will have the chance to work with Academy Lead Goalkeeper Coach Jani Viander and hopefully First Team Goalkeeper Coach Simon Royce at times. He has the potential to develop. As I said, we will only be signing players that we feel can play in The Championship. Montell has had a good season and has stepped up to the Development Squad to play games. He has shown he has what it takes to play at that level and now will have the chance to push on. Montell has been with us for a long time; he came through the ranks and is a local lad. It is great for the younger boys in the Academy to see him turning professional and we may see someone who grew up in Brentford will represent Brentford in a First Team match at our new stadium. That is what the Club is all about.”
    by Published on 18th April 2014 17:40

    An Alan Judge penalty gave Brentford the win they needed against Preston North End to clinch promotion to The Championship. The attacking midfield player fired home on the half hour for what proved to be the only goal of the game. With challengers Rotherham United and Leyton Orient losing, Brentford were promoted at full time at a sun-drenched Griffin Park
    by Published on 16th April 2014 13:59

    Josh Clarke has been promoted to Brentford’s First Team Squad. The 19-year-old has had a meteoric rise since joining The Bees in 2011. Prior to signing a two-year scholarship at the age of 17 he was effectively playing park football. He completed his scholarship last summer and signed a professional contract, as part of the Development Squad. He made his First Team debut in the Capital One Cup defeat to Derby County last August and also featured in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie against Peterborough United in October. He has been an unused substitute on two more occasions. Josh, who will be 20 in in July, played 17 games for Brentford’s Development Squad in the Under-21 Professional Development League last term, scoring once. He has been involved in 16 games for The Bees in the Under-21 Professional Development League this season and had loan spells at Skrill South Maidenhead United and Skrill Premier Braintree to add to a spell at Carshalton Athletic last season.

    Mark Warburton, Brentford FC Manager, said: “We have looked at how Josh has done over a period of time, how he has done in training, how he has taken on the lessons. It is not a decision that is taken quickly. The key thing for Josh is his end product, he has raw, blistering pace. He has to use it in combination with pitch geography and produce an end product, a cross or a shot. He has done really well and has moved up. It’s a big step and the work starts now. He has to justify his place in the dressing room, his fellow professionals will demand it from him, he has to be the best he can be every single day. If he does that, he has a chance. He came in raw from the park, no Academy education and had to catch up and understand the game. He is a defender’s nightmare and is now utilising his pace. Josh has earned his move and it should not be underestimated as to how big a move it is.”
    by Published on 8th April 2014 04:34

    Youth Team goalkeeper Joe Taylor has moved to Ryman League Division One South side Eastbourne Town on work experience. He helped the club beat Hythe Town 2-0 last Saturday in his second game for the south coast side, keeping his first clean sheet.
    by Published on 1st April 2014 05:17

    Development Squad defender Aaron Pierre has extended his loan at Sky Bet League Two Wycombe Wanderers until the end of the 2013/14 season. The left sided player, who turned 21 last month, has been at Brentford since the summer of 2011 and signed a new one-year contract in the summer of 2013. He has been with Wycombe since the end of last month and played two League Two matches. He will now remain with them for the remainder of the campaign.

    Ose Aibangee, Brentford Academy Director, said: “Aaron is doing well at Wycombe. He had to fight for his place in the line-up but has now made his Football League debut and played in the last two matches. The reports indicate that he has done very well and we hope he can continue to perform to a high level. Any opportunity to go to a Football League club and be involved with a First Team squad, preparing for matches, is one to be enjoyed by a young player. Wycombe are fighting to avoid relegation, the stakes could not be higher for them and that is the sort of challenge a player should relish. Aaron is enjoying his time at Wycombe and we know they will do what is best for him over the next five weeks. We will be monitoring him closely during the rest of the loan.”
    by Published on 30th March 2014 21:24

    [Development Squad midfield player Tyrell Miller-Rodney has returned from his loan at Skrill South side Maidenhead United. Tyrell joined the Berkshire side on a Youth Loan last month. He played seven games for Maidenhead but missed their loss to Bromley last Saturday with an injury. That injury is likely to rule him out longer term so the deal, which expired on Sunday, March 23, has not been renewed.

    Ose Aibangee, Brentford FC Academy Director, said: “This has been a good loan move for Tyrell and he has done well for Maidenhead. It is his first real loan move and he has dealt with the pressures of playing for a team fighting relegation. He has been playing in a team with games Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday and coping with the physical demands of that. Like the other players we have sent to Maidenhead recently, he has been well looked after. We hoped he could go back to Maidenhead and help them in their fight against relegation but his injury means that will, unfortunately, not be possible.”
    by Published on 27th March 2014 20:21

    Development Squad midfield player Emmanuel Oyeleke has signed on for another loan spell at Aldershot Town. Emmanuel, better known to most as Manny, joined The Shots on a Youth Loan in August and was with the Skrill Premier side until late January. He has now joined the Hampshire side again, this time on loan for the rest of the season. In his first five months at Aldershot Manny made 33 appearances, playing in both midfield and at right back, and scored four goals.

    Ose Aibangee, Brentford Academy Director, said: “Manny did very well in his first spell at Aldershot. We had good reports both about the way he played and also with the way he conducted himself as a professional. He played through the busy Christmas period and he got to experience that side of life as a professional footballer. Aldershot were very keen for him to go back and we feel that is best for his development at this stage. Aldershot have a lot to play for in the last month of the season and Manny will play in games with a lot riding on them. This will be good for him and I hope he will thrive in that environment.”

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