The 2012/13 season is at an end and Bees manager Uwe Rösler, sporting director Mark Warburton and owner Matthew Benham have been in discussions with players. Keeping the squad together will be the challenge over the summer, admitted Uwe
following Bees' play-off final defeat. He said, "The challenge will be to keep the squad together. If we can do that, we will be fighting for promotion again next season. The owner came into the dressing room afterwards and found some encouraging words for me and the players for next season. My work will now start tomorrow morning to secure the players. I think the players will look back at the season, and what we have been through, and see that Brentford is a good place to be. We have taken this club to a new level, but that last step is always the hardest to take. However, it will be just the start of a new thing to come next year. My players will use it as a motivation. We will learn from the massive experience we have had this season. This team does not know how to give up. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, and this team is hungry anyway in terms of motivation".
Tom Adeyemi - Has come to the end of his contract at Norwich City and Uwe has expressed a desire to sign him permanently
Jake Bidwell - Has one year remaining on his Everton contract and Uwe is hopeful of signing him on loan for the third season in succession.
Marcello Trotta - Has two years remaining on his Fulham contract and is another player Uwe is hoping to retain on loan. However, Marcello has said, "I will go back to Fulham and see what happens
. I will do my best and hopefully get some chances over there. They have followed me every week and they have been very happy with my progression. It is crucial that I play first-team football. I am a young player and I need to play, on loan or hopefully at Fulham. It is important for me to play and develop".
Sam Saunders - Out of contract after failing to make the number of starts required to trigger the automatic one-year extension to his deal
. He is keen to extend his four-stay at the club and has said, "I have had a really good time here. I don’t know what’s going to happen now. I feel I’ve put myself at the back quite a lot this year and I’ve put the team first. Coming to 30 I want to be playing. I don’t need an assurance to play because no player deserves that. I felt at the beginning of the season I didn’t deserve to be playing because I wasn’t doing well enough. Since January I feel my performances have picked up. I’ve got a good relationship with the gaffer and Mark Warburton. We’ve always been honest with each other. I’ve loved it here. Everything here is set up for the Championship now. It’s exciting to be a part of it. Hopefully it’s all successful".
Harry Forrester - Is out of contract and has yet to sign fresh terms
. Has been linked with moves to Championship sides Ipswich Town and Burnley. Bees will be entitled to compensation if Harry leaves because he is under 24. He has said, "I can’t say anything on my future yet
. I’ve got a meeting with the owner and we’ll talk about that. Now is not the time. We’re devastated that we haven’t gone up. We’ll see what happens".
Antoine Gounet - Out of contract and has been meeting with Matthew Benham and Mark Warburton.
Harlee Dean - Has a year left on his contract and the club are understood to be keen to tie down his long-term future.
Adam Forshaw - Has a year left on his contract and the club are understood to be keen to tie down his long-term future.
Bradley Wright-Phillips - Has presumably returned to Charlton after his loan spell. Is out of contract and as of April did not know where he future lies
Lee Hodson - Has presumably returned to Watford.
Antonio German - Antonio German has indicated he will not be accepting the offer of a new contract
. The 21-year-old striker was offered full professional terms this summer at the end of his Development Squad contract. He scored one goal in seven substitute appearances for the Club after signing in January 2012. As Antonio is under 24 and has been offered a new contract, Brentford will be due compensation if he signs for another Club.