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    by Published on 7th May 2014 15:08

    Brentford are fighting it out with Championship rivals Ipswich Town for Yeovil Town full-back Luke Ayling. Bees boss Mark Warburton plans to make a couple of additions to his squad this summer following promotion from League One and former Arsenal trainee Ayling is among the players on their radar, according to the Western Gazette. The 22-year-old has played 185 times for the Glovers during his four-year stay at Huish Park. However, the defender is out of contract in the summer and could quit the club after relegation from the Championship. Yeovil would be entitled to compensation for Ayling as he is under 24.
    by Published on 6th May 2014 10:14

    Brentford’s 2013/14 season was marked in style at the Player of the Year Ball on Sunday night. Hundreds of Brentford fans joined players, management and staff to celebrate the season. The Bees won promotion this year and will be playing in the second tier next season for the first time since 1993. They also broke a string of Club Records in the process including the most points won in a season. The 94 points achieved in winning promotion dwarfed the previous record of 85.

    Supporters' Player of the Year - Alan McCormack
    Players' Player of the Season - Tony Craig
    Bees Travel Club Player of the Year - Tony Craig
    Goal of the Season - Adam Forshaw (for his strike in the win away to Crewe Alexandra in February 2014)
    Bees Player Outstanding Moment of the Season - Marcello Trotta (for his strike in the win away to Leyton Orient in March 2014)
    Community Player of the Year - Clayton Donaldson & Kevin O’Connor
    Hottie of the Year - Sam Saunders
    Special Achievement Award - Kevin O'Connor (for reaching 500 Brentford appearances)
    by Published on 3rd May 2014 09:49

    Brentford defender Aaron Pierre is among several of the club's development players being offered new deals. The centre-back has featured twice for the first team this season - in the cup games against Derby and AFC Wimbledon - and has recently impressed on loan at Wycombe Wanderers. Pierre has featured seven times for the Chairboys since his temporary switch to Adams Park as he tries to keep the club in League Two. Brentford have also tabled a contract offer to 20-year-old striker Luke Norris. Norris netted five times in nine games for the Cobblers, then added another four goals to his haul at the Daggers during the second half of the campaign. Manny Oyeleke, who spent the majority of the campaign at Aldershot, and Alfie Mawson, who featured in the Conference for Luton and Welling, are also among the young guns being offered deals.
    Published on 2nd May 2014 10:45

    A talented group of young players will be joining Brentford Football Club on scholarships at the start of next season. The Club has signed ten young players on scholarships, which run for the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons, and one more is expected to sign soon. They will be part of the Youth Team group next season and will look to progress to become professionals in the summer of 2016. The majority have through the Brentford Football Club Academy to take the next step in their football careers. The ten – Jordan Carey, Tom Roberts, Romayn Pennant, Chris Mepham, Kyjuon Marsh-Brown, Reece Cole, Anthony Guppy, Jeremiah Kamanzi, Courtney Austin and John Massala – signed last week while Seth Owens is set to sign in the next few days. Many of the group already have experience at Youth Team level and some have played in the prestigious Milk Cup tournament in Northern Ireland.

    Ose Aibangee, Brentford FC Academy Director, said: “This is a very strong group in terms of quality and potential. We have a good mix of goalkeepers, defenders, midfield players and attackers. Most of these players have played in the Youth Team and have shown as Under-16s they are good enough for that side. Many have also played in the Milk Cup and Jordan, Romayn, Reece and Courtney were in the team that won it last year. The job of the Academy is to produce First Team footballers. The first step for these boys is to play to a high standard in the Youth Team and continue to progress in all they do on and off the pitch. I hope many of them will then become professionals and continue to be part of the future of Brentford Football Club.”

    Ose said: “Jordan has been with us for two and a half years and was part of the Milk Cup winning squad while Tom has only just started playing in goal. Both will work with Lead Goalkeeper Coach Jani Viander and we can see how they progress. Romayn has been to two Milk Cups with us; he is a tenacious player, a great tackler and has a great deal of potential. Kyjuon was previously at Fulham, like his brother Keanu – who is now at Barnet. He is technically very good and is a good defender. Seth is a big, strong central defender; he is left sided and already has experience of playing in the FA Youth Cup. Chris has Brentford connections – his great uncle Roy was with the Club in the 1960s, below First Team level. He has been with us for four months, he is a local boy and has great attitude to go with his ability. Reece has been with us for two years; he has a great engine and has already performed well in Youth Team games as well as in the Milk Cup winning team. Tony is an attacking player with a great deal of potential, he is tough but with good technical ability and a lot of energy. Jeremiah can play on either wing or at full back; he has been with us for 18 months and is technically very good. Courtney is a Milk Cup winner who has been with us for three years, he is quick and he scores goals. John is a new recruit; he is a hard-working striker with a lot of potential. I hope all our supporters will get to know these names as they progress at the Club.”
    Published on 2nd May 2014 09:41

    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.”

    Ose added: “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 2nd May 2014 06:34

    Brentford keeper Liam O'Brien will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season. The former QPR youngster was brought in on a short-term deal in August as cover for the injured Richard Lee. O'Brien was handed an extension in November and again in January in a deal that runs for the rest of the campaign. But with Lee back to fitness and David Button and Jack Bonham also under contract for another 12 months, the 22-year-old will be allowed to move on. O'Brien hasn't made a first-team appearance for the Bees, but has featured on the bench and for the development side
    Published on 2nd May 2014 02:36

    Alan Judge is at the centre of a tug-of-war between newly-promoted Brentford and Championship rivals Blackburn Rovers.

    The Irishman has netted six times in 21 starts during a four-month loan spell with the Bees, scoring the winning goal that clinched promotion against Preston a fortnight ago. Judge still has two years remaining on his contract at Ewood Park and is due to report back for pre-season training at the end of June. Brentford boss Mark Warburton wants to sign the 25-year-old on a permanent basis, with Judge keen to discuss a move if he is deemed surplus to requirements by his parent club.

    He said: "I’m not sure what’s happening at Blackburn. I’ll have to speak to the manager there but that won’t be sorted until the start of pre-season. I’ve still got another couple of years left on my contract, but I want to play football, that’s the type of person I am. I started the first five games of the season but my little girl was born and then I found myself out of the team for eight weeks. If I’m surplus to requirements then Brentford would be one of the clubs I would love to come to".

    However, Blackburn chief Gary Bowyer has been impressed with the former Notts County man's exploits since his temporary switch to west London, and has left the door open for a return to the fold as he shakes up his squad for the forthcoming campaign. Judge came through the ranks at the Lancashire club, but has made just seven league starts since re-signing for Rovers last summer.

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