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    by Published on 10th February 2014 20:53

    Chuba Akpom has returned to Arsenal following the completion of his loan spell at Brentford. The 18-year-old striker failed to find the net in four substitute appearances for the Bees and is back at the Emirate after his month-long deal expired over the weekend.

    Brentford manager Mark Warburton told the club's website: “It was a pleasure to have Chuba at Brentford for his first loan spell away from his home club. He made an immediate impact both in training and in matches and I hope very much that he returns to Arsenal having benefited from his experience with us. The difficult aspect was that he came to us at a time when the team was performing exceptionally well and as such, it was impossible to make unenforced changes. This meant Chuba did not perhaps get as many minutes on the pitch as he might have initially expected. I would like to thank everyone at Arsenal – particularly Head of Youth Development Liam Brady – for working with us during Chuba’s loan and everyone at Brentford wishes Chuba all the best for the future.”
    by Published on 6th February 2014 22:27

    England Under-17 international Louis Hutton has signed an 18 month Development Squad contract at Bees. The 19-year-old midfield player has been on trial with The Bees and played for the Development Squad in two Under-21 Professional Development League Two South games. This afternoon he signed a deal to keep him at Griffin Park until the summer of 2015 as part of the Under-21 squad. Louis was in Leeds United’s Academy until the age of 14 and then left to join Manchester City. He played four games for England’s Under-17 side in 2010, helping to win a Nordic tournament in Finland, and has also represented his country at Under-16 level. He agreed a termination of his Manchester City contract last week and signed formally for The Bees this afternoon.

    Ose Aibangee, Brentford FC Academy Director, said: “Louis impressed us when he was here on trial. His performances in the matches stood out and he was good in training as well. He also carried himself well at the Training Ground, which is important for us. It is not easy to come in on trial and impress but Louis had the right attitude and showed us he had both the desire and potential to improve. He has a fantastic pedigree and has played internationally with players like James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond, now regulars at Premier League level. I hope Louis continues to improve while he is with us and goes on to have a long and successful Brentford career.”
    by Published on 6th February 2014 22:23

    Brentford boss Mark Warburton plans to send out some of his fringe players when the emergency loan window opens later this week. Fans' favourites Farid El Alagui and Shaleum Logan left the club in January following the arrivals of Chuba Akpom and Nico Yennaris. Warburton admits more players could be heading for the door to get first-team football, with the likes of Scott Barron, Jake Reeves and Toumani Diagouraga in need of regular game time.

    The Griffin Park chief said: “We may look to loan some of our fringe players out to get some games and stay match fit". Warburton swooped to sign Oldham Athletic defender James Tarkowski on deadline day to end the club's long search for another centre-back. He is keeping tabs on Cardiff City winger Kadeem Harris and Everton's Conor McAleny, who both had spells in west London cut short due to injury earlier this campaign. However, he doesn't plan to add to his squad unless there's an injury crisis. He added: “We've just got Adam Forshaw back and Sam Saunders is close. Our squad’s in good shape at the moment, so I don’t see anyone else coming in."
    by Published on 6th February 2014 22:21

    Continuing good form has earned Brentford Manager Mark Warburton and striker Marcello Trotta nominations for the Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month and Player of the Month awards for January. Warburton will be looking to complete an extraordinary double. He was named Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month for December, exactly a month after taking charge. Trotta scored three goals for The Bees in January and set up two more.
    by Published on 6th February 2014 22:19

    Brentford have opened talks with captain Kevin O'Connor and Richard Lee about extending their contracts at Griffin Park. Bees stalwart O'Connor and keeper Lee are in the final six months of their current deals, which are due to expire in the summer. Both players have been restricted to bit-part roles this season. O'Connor has made nine appearances, while Lee has played just five times after missing the beginning of the campaign with a shoulder injury. However, boss Mark Warburton is keen to keep the experienced pair in TW8 and has started negotiations to sign up them up for another year.
    by Published on 6th February 2014 22:14

    Tony Craig has revealed his hand will be in plaster for at least another month – but he insists it won't affect his game in the least. The Brentford defender broke two bones in the top of hand during the win over Gillingham two weeks ago, and after having it strapped up, returned to the pitch to see the game out. With centre back partner Harlee Dean still injured for the win over Bristol City four days later, missing any game time did not even cross Craig's mind as he played with a cast over his hand.

    “I've had a broken metatarsal before, but never a broken hand,” said the former Millwall man. “I never even thought about leaving the pitch, the adrenaline was pumping, and I'm the sort of person who will stay on if I can. The medical staff here were superb. They had two casts made up for me by the following day – one for playing football in and one for everyday use, and I will be wearing them for another four or five weeks at least, but it has not affected my game so far, and I will not let it in the future. Once you're out there on the pitch with the adrenaline pumping again, you don't even think about it.”

    Dean was back alongside Craig for Saturday's 1-1 draw at Shrewsbury, but it was a defensive error in the final minute which saw all three points snatched away from the Bees. Craig said: “It was a windy day, and to lose the lead in the last minute was disappointing – but we're a team who can bounce back, although it won't be easy against Crawley. Kevin O'Connor did excellently well filling in while Harlee was injured, but it was good to have Harlee back. We have played a lot of games together, and our partnership seems to work.”
    by Published on 31st January 2014 17:04

    Brentford have completed the signing of central defender James Tarkowski from Oldham Athletic for an undisclosed fee. The 21-year-old has signed on at Griffin Park until the summer of 2017. As part of the deal, James will return to Oldham on loan when the loan window reopens next Saturday, February 8. Mark Warburton, Brentford FC Manager, said: “James is a very talented young defender who we have monitored for a period of months. He is a good footballing centre half, he is comfortable in possession and has a good physique. We are delighted we have been able to get him to Brentford on a permanent basis. It will give us good choice at centre half and excellent quality in that position. James ticks the box for us in terms of his age and he has lots of development left in him. We think this is a very good piece of business for the Club. James will go back to Oldham for a month when the loan window opens. He will come back to us later in the season and is a big part of our plans for the future.”

    James came through the youth ranks at Oldham and made his debut for The Latics as an 18-year-old scholar in January 2011, against Brentford. He played nine games in the 2010/11 season and turned professional that summer, playing 18 games in 2011/12 and scoring his first Oldham goal. James played 26 games last season and has established himself at first choice at Boundary Park in 2013/14. He has played 26 of Oldham’s 28 Sky Bet League One matches this season and 36 in all competitions, scoring three goals.

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