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BRENTFORD SIGN JAKE BIDWELL

Posted: Mon 17 Jun 2013
Author: Mark Chapman
Jake Bidwell

Jake Bidwell

Image by: Brentford FC

Bees sign Everton defender on a permanent basis

Brentford have signed defender Jake Bidwell from Everton for an undisclosed fee.

It will be Jake's third spell at Brentford, having completed two separate loan periods in the previous two seasons, making 75 appearances in total for Uwe Rösler's side.

The 20-year-old left-sided player has agreed a contract that will keep him at Griffin Park until the summer of 2016.

Jake made his debut for England's Under-19 side against Denmark in 2011 and has also represented his country at Under-16, Under-17 and Under-18 level.

He also made this year's provisional Under-20 World Cup squad.

Jake came through the Everton Academy and made his First Team debut for The Toffeemen in a Europa League tie against BATE Borisov in December 2009.

In doing so, he became the youngest player to feature for Everton in a European fixture.

He captained Everton's Under-18 side when they won the FA Premier Academy League, beating Fulham in the Final in 2011, and was also named Academy Player of the Year at Goodison Park in the same season.

Brentford's Sporting Director, Mark Warburton, said: "We are absolutely delighted to see a young player of Jake's talent and ability commit his long term future to the club.

"Over the last two seasons, Jake has delivered a consistently high level of performance and his desire and determination to give everything to the cause has been clear for all to see.

"He has displayed a maturity beyond his years and his all-round professionalism both on and off the pitch is an outstanding example for all other young players.

"For Brentford Football Club it is vital that we secure the quality of player that will give us very real opportunity to achieve our long term goals.

"With Jake committing in this way, it is another very positive step forwards and we look forward to watching his continued progress in the seasons ahead."

Bees Player Subscribers can view an exclusive video with Jake this afternoon.