Club Captain Kevin O’Connor has signed a new one-year contract to stay at Bees until the summer of 2015
. The one-club man, who is closing in on 500 games in a Brentford shirt and is fourth on the Club’s all-time appearance list, signed the new deal at Griffin Park on Thursday March 20. As well as extending his playing contract in to a remarkable 16th season as a Brentford First Team player, Kevin will take on coaching responsibilities.
Mark Warburton, Brentford FC Manager, said: “I am delighted that Kevin O’Connor will be extending his contract with the Club and indeed will be assuming additional responsibilities as he looks to begin his coaching career. Kevin will continue his playing career but combine his training and playing duties with his pursuit of the relevant coaching licences and spending time working with both the First Team and Academy staff. Kevin has seen so much significant change at the Club and yet has maintained his exceedingly high standards throughout and it is this outstanding quality that we need to keep at Brentford. We will work closely with Kevin on a day-to-day basis and ensure he is given every opportunity to build a solid foundation for the next stage of his career. However, it is important for me to stress that he will remain a valuable member of the playing squad and his immediate focus will be on preparing himself for competition as and when he is selected. “
Frank McParland, Brentford FC Sporting Director, added: “Kevin buys in to the vision we all have for the future of Brentford Football Club. He will be able to learn from some outstanding coaches as he moves in to that phase of his career but he still had a lot to offer as a player, as he has proved in recent months. It is great that we can keep a Brentford legend at the Club to work with the staff and players who will follow in his footsteps from the youth ranks to the First Team.”