Adam Forshaw said he was flattered by his new three-year contract at Brentford
which he signed earlier this week. The 21-year-old midfielder, who joined from Everton at the start of the 2012/13 season, agreed a deal to remain at Griffin Park until the summer of 2016. Adam made 53 appearances in total last season, including 43 in the league, netting three times as well as scoring the decisive penalty in the League One Play-Off Semi-Final victory over Swindon Town.
“I am delighted to sign,” said Adam, speaking earlier this week. “I wanted to get it out of the way before I went on the tour to Germany. I am really happy to sign for three more years and hopefully have three more good years here. You don’t want to get carried away but it is really flattering that they have come to me and offered me a new deal. I am more than happy to sign it and I am looking forward to this season and hopefully, the season after, to be playing Championship football. The ambition is definitely there to see. You just have to look at the players we have got here and the one’s we are bringing in like Alan McCormack, George Saville and Jack Bonham, these are all very positive signings and we are all striving to go one direction. I know there are a couple of guys who are in the middle of sorting out new contracts themselves. It is great that they are showing great ambition. We all want to go in one direction - Mark Warburton, Uwe Rösler and all the staff and players – so it is really exciting.”
For Adam it was a tough end to the season emotionally and he says the summer break has been beneficial in helping him to switch off from football and recharge his batteries both physically and mentally. “It was a disappointing end to the season no doubt,” said Adam. “Everyone’s emotions were gone after the end of last year but I think we can take a lot of positives from last year. It was a lot of our first seasons all together so to come to this season all together with a couple of additions I can only see one outcome. The break was probably more mentally needed for me. It was good just to get back to Liverpool and see my family and friends and switch off for a few weeks before getting back at it as the mental side definitely plays a part. The first couple of days of Pre-Season have been tough but everybody is in the same boat; we all want to get as fit as possible and ready for that first game against Port Vale. There is no hiding from it, it is really tough but you have got to do it. We were really fit last year and the last five minutes of games proved really critical for us and we thrived on that at times. We always knew we were going to get that chance late on in the game and the lads have come back and we are fitter than last year already so that can only be a good sign. It is really good for the new lads and it is also good getting the lads back together and having a laugh bouncing off each other. The new lads have to sing a song which is something I really didn’t like last year but it is good to get everyone together and get everyone starting to click. It is a good time to test yourself and see what you can do. It is good in those games to really push yourselves and see what the outcome can be. I can’t wait for the first day of the season I just want to fast forward it now.”