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    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: "Iím not sure whatís happening at Blackburn. Iíll have to speak to the manager there but that wonít be sorted until the start of pre-season. Iíve still got another couple of years left on my contract, but I want to play football, thatís 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 Iím 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.
    by Published on 28th April 2014 12:01

    Brentford defender Harlee Dean has had an operation to fix a niggling abdominal injury. The centre-back has been restricted to 33 appearances this term due to a combination of stomach pains and a broken foot. However, with promotion to the Championship now secured, Dean went under the knife this morning in a bid to finally clear up the problem which has hampered him since November. He said: ďI am going to work hard this summer because I havenít played as many games or as well as I would have liked, so Iím going to come back even better next time."
    by Published on 28th April 2014 11:06

    Brentford duo Jake Bidwell and Adam Forshaw have been named in the Sky Bet League One PFA Team of the Year. The pair were honoured at the PFA Awards, held last night, Sunday April 27. They were two of the 11 players named as the best in their respective positions in League One by their fellow professionals. Jake, 21, was named as the left back in the team while Adam, 22, was selected in the midfield.

    It is the second seasonal award for Adam, who was named Sky Bet League One Player of the Year, a prize voted for by the managers of League One clubs, at the Football League Awards in March. The midfield player scored eight goals and set up another five in 40 games this season. Jake Ė who also picked up another award this season, being named Football League Young Player of the Month for January Ė has also played 40 games this season, contributing five assists. Both played a large role in Brentford winning promotion from Sky Bet League One this season, earning a spot in the second tier for The Bees for the first time since 1993.

    The full team is: Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Sam Ricketts (Wolves), Jake Bidwell, Danny Batth (Wolves), Harry Maguire (Sheffield United), Adam Forshaw, Bakary Sako (Wolves), Ben Pringle (Rotherham United), Kevin McDonald (Wolves), Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United), Callum Wilson (Coventry City)
    by Published on 24th April 2014 19:42

    Scott Barron has confirmed he will be leaving Brentford when his contract expires in the summer. The former Millwall full-back has been restricted to just five appearances this season due to an ongoing hip problem. Barronís deal runs out at the end of the campaign, and the 28-year-old says he will be heading for pastures new. He said: ďI havenít spoken to the club yet but I donít think Iíve warranted a new contract. I donít deserve it. I havenít performed well enough and it hasnít gone particularly well for me. It hasnít gone well for me on a personal note, but to get promoted is great. Iíve only been involved in four or five games, so thereís a slight tinge of disappointment that I couldn't have played a bigger role. But the main aim for me since Iíve been injured is to try and support the lads around the place. Itís a great achievement to win promotion.Ē

    Brentford have re-opened contract talks with star striker Clayton Donaldson. The former Crewe frontman has smashed 18 goals in 46 games for the Bees this season, but his deal is due to expire in the summer. Brentford started negotiations with the 30-year-old earlier this campaign. However, the club were reluctant to table an offer until they knew what division they would be in next term. With promotion to the Championship now secured, sporting director Frank McParland will hold further discussions with Donaldson's representatives this week in a bid to thrash out a new contract. Donaldson has scored 53 goals in 153 games after arriving on a Bosman free transfer from Crewe in 2011.
    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: ďWe 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.Ē
    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 Brentfordís 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 Johnstoneís 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 Brentfordís 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: ďWe 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. Itís 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 defenderís 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.Ē

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