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    by Published on 1st July 2013 12:00

    Brentford have signed Northern Ireland international striker Will Grigg after his contract at Walsall expired. Bees moved to capture the striker, who scored 19 goals in npower League One last season, and beat off stiff competition to secure his signature. Grigg has signed a three-year contract at Griffin Park. The Midlands club will be due compensation for the striker due to his age. The capture of Will gives Bees two of League One’s top five goal scorers from 2012/13.

    Mark Warburton, Brentford FC Sporting Director, said: “We are delighted to secure the signing of Will Grigg on a three year deal. He is another piece of our jigsaw for 2013/14 and another young, talented player who has committed his future to the Club for the next three years.”

    Will turned professional at Walsall in the summer of 2009, having made his first team debut as a scholar in December 2008. He made his mark in 2010/11, playing 30 games in all competitions, and played 33 a season later. He found his feet last season and scored 20 goals in 45 games in all competitions, 19 in 41 League One matches. Will played for Northern Ireland at Under-19 and Under-21 level and made his full debut against The Netherlands just over a year ago – he won a further cap, his first start, against Malta in February.
    by Published on 28th June 2013 13:28

    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.”
    by Published on 25th June 2013 20:30

    Cliff Crown has been named as the new chairman of Brentford FC. He replaces Greg Dyke, who had to stand down from the position at the end of last season after he became chairman-elect of the Football Association. Cliff, who acts as Chief Financial Officer and business adviser to a number of companies in which Club owner Matthew Benham has a financial interest, was appointed as a Club Director in September 2012. He is a chartered accountant with more than 30 years’ experience in advising commercial owner managed businesses. Despite all this he considers himself first and foremost a football fan. He has now taken on the role of non-executive Chairman.

    Cliff said: “I am honoured to have been appointed chairman of Brentford and look forward to working with the Board and the Management Team to build on the progress made over the last two years and to deliver a successful future for the Club and its fans. I hope to continue the great work of Greg Dyke, who played such an important role in getting the Club to where it is now.

    The Club has also appointed two Vice-Chairmen – Donald Kerr and Eddie Rogers. Donald has represented Bees United on the Club’s Board of Directors for more than four years. Eddie has been on the Board as an investor director for more than 12 years and served as Chairman from April 2003 to January 2006. Mark Devlin, Brentford FC Chief Executive, said: “I would like to welcome Cliff to his new role. Cliff has been an important member of the Board since he was appointed nine months ago and made a valuable contribution in a short space of time. I look forward to continuing to work closely with Cliff as the Club moves forward.”

    The Club’s Board now comprises Cliff Crown (Chairman), Donald Kerr (Vice-Chairman), Eddie Rogers (Vice-Chairman), Alan Bird, David Heath, John Herting, David Merritt and Phil Whall. Crown was appointed to the League One club's board of directors last September. He acts as chief financial officer and business adviser to a number of companies in which Bees owner Matthew Benham has a financial interest. Meanwhile, the Bees have also appointed two new vice-chairmen in Donald Kerr and Eddie Rogers.
    by Published on 24th June 2013 16:00

    Bees have signed Swindon Town captain Alan McCormack on a free transfer and agreed a loan deal for Chelsea midfielder George Saville. Midfielder McCormack, who made 98 appearances during two seasons at the County Ground, has agreed a two-year deal with the club. Saville has not played a senior game for Chelsea but made three appearances while on loan at Millwall last season. The 20-year-old will remain at Griffin Park until January 5.

    Mark Warburton, Brentford's sporting director said "McCormack will undoubtedly have a positive impact both on and off the pitch. As captain of a strong Swindon team last season he clearly displayed excellent leadership and motivational skills. His experience will naturally benefit the development of the many young players we have in the first team squad. Alan is a versatile player who will provide cover in a number of positions alongside his more recognised midfield role."

    On the loan signing of Saville, Warburton said: "George is a tenacious midfield player who possesses excellent technical attributes which have allowed him to train daily with the Chelsea first team squad for the vast majority of last season. He has been on our radar for a long while and when the opportunity arose to secure him on loan until at least early January we had absolutely no hesitation. He will bring a real bite to our midfield coupled with the ability to technically maintain good possession and the vision to unlock opposition defences."
    by Published on 22nd June 2013 18:00

    With the news that the paperwork on Brentford's planning application on the Lionel Road Community Stadium has now been "validated" by Hounslow Council – the campaign for a new Stadium enters a new and crucial phase.

    All supporters, irrespective of your location are encouraged to write to Hounslow Council's Planning Department in support of the application.

    The new stadium is crucial in transforming the finances of Brentford FC; providing a vital community resource and transforming the locality in which it will be situated.
    A massive show of support from Brentford fans and the wider community can play a key role in this proposal.

    Timetable
    The decision from the planning committee is likely to be made in September or October.

    Supporters are encouraged to send in their letters or emails before the end of July. Letters and Emails from all supporters are welcome, irrespective of where you are resident. In all correspondence (email or letters), quote the Application Reference Number 00703/A/P11.
    • By post – letters should be addressed to – Development Management, London Borough of Hounslow, Civic Centre, Lampton Road, Hounslow TW3 4DN
    • By Email – planning@hounslow.gov.uk, (put the ref no. 00703/A/P11 in the title and mark the email for the attention of Shane Baker). Copy in your local ward councillors in your correspondence (irrespective of which Council you live in). Also copy in the MP for Brentford and Isleworth – Mary Macleod mary.macleod.mp@parliament.uk. If your email programme has the ability to request a read receipt, please enable it to ensure your message has been acknowledged.

    The BIAS Stadium Action Group has worked with the Lionel Road Stadium team to produce a number of background documents which are available in PDF form. These documents may be useful to supporters in summarising many of the key points about the stadium development. For further information please visit the London Borough of Hounslow website or contact Shane.Baker@hounslow.gov.uk

    Links to background documents
    Lionel Road Leaflet (April 2013)
    Reasons why a stadium is needed
    Benefits of a new stadium

    Other Links:
    Lionel Road Community Stadium
    London Borough of Hounslow
    Stadium Planning Application Submitted
    by Published on 22nd June 2013 17:00

    Youngsters Josh Clarke and Aaron Pierre have signed new professional contracts. Aaron Pierre, who joined The Bees in the summer of 2011 from Fulham, has signed a new one year deal. Josh Clarke has just completed the second year of a two-year scholarship and has signed a one-year professional contract to be part of the Development Squad for 2013/14.

    Aaron Pierre played 19 Professional Development League games in the centre of Brentford’s defence and also made his First Team debut in a Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie against Southend United in December 2012. The 20-year-old was an unused substitute in four further First Team games. Winger Josh Clarke, 18, played 17 games in the Professional Development League last term, scoring once.
    by Published on 20th June 2013 10:00

    Young players Charlie Adams, Tyrell Miller-Rodney and Luke Norris have signed new professional contracts. The trio were three of six members of Bees' successful Development Squad offered new deals this summer. Josh Clarke and Aaron Pierre are expected to sign their new contracts shortly, while Antonio German has turned down his offer of a new deal. Charlie Adams has signed a new two-year contract while Luke Norris has signed on for another year. Tyrell Miller-Rodney has just completed the second year of a two-year scholarship and has signed a one-year professional contract to be part of the Development Squad for 2013/14.

    Charlie Adams, 19, made 19 appearances in the Professional Development League this season and scored seven goals. He also made his Football League debut last season as a substitute against Carlisle United. Striker Luke Norris, 20, finished as Brentford’s top scorer in the Professional Development League, hitting ten goals in 18 games. He has made two first team appearances, making his debut towards the end of the 10/11 season. Central midfield player Tyrell Miller-Rodney, 19, has played 11 Professional Development League games this season.

    Development Squad Manager Jon De Souza, speaking to Bees Player at the end of last season, said: “I feel all the players we have offered contracts to have a chance of playing in the First Team. As good as the season has been in terms of results and performances, we are here to produce players for the First Team. I haven’t signed players for the Development Squad; I have signed them because I think they can play for the First Team”.

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