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DEVELOPMENT SQUAD CONTRACT UPDATE

Posted: Fri 09 May 2014
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Seven players from Brentford's Development Squad offered new contracts

Seven players from Brentford’s Development Squad have been offered new contracts at Griffin Park.

Alfie Mawson, Joe Maloney, Tyrell Miller-Rodney Kieran Morris, Luke Norris, Emmanuel Oyeleke and Aaron Pierre have all been offered one-year deals.

Jack Uttridge, who has been out injured for most of the season, will be released when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Ose Aibangee, Brentford FC Academy Director, said: “The policy now is to only offer contracts to players that we believe could play for Brentford in The Championship.

“We are not signing players to fulfil our Development Squad fixtures; we will give younger players a chance in those games if we need to.

“That means that over the next few years some players who may well be good enough to play in the Football League will be leaving us.

“I would like to wish Jack all the best for the rest of his career.

“Just because there is not an opportunity at Brentford at this time does not mean there is no future in professional football.”

Central defender Alfie signed a two-year Development Squad contract in the summer of 2012 after completing his scholarship.

In an injury-hit 2012/13 season, Alfie played 11 games for The Bees in the Under-21 Professional Development League Two South.

The 20-year-old played 12 Under-21 league games this term, scoring three times, andmade his First Team debut in the Capital One Cup defeat against Derby County in August.

He also had spells out on loan at Maidenhead United, Luton Town and Welling United.

Joe signed a professional contract earlier this season.

The midfield player has been with the Club from a young age and signed a two-year scholarship in the summer of 2011.

He had two injury hit years and was given an extension to his scholarship to take him to October 2013 before he signed professional forms.

The 19-year-old has played 11 Under-21 Professional Development League Two South games this season, scoring a fantastic goal in a victory over Cardiff City at Griffin Park.

Joe is also taking his coaching badges and his contract will include some work as a coach with younger players in the Academy.

Tyrell, 19, joined Brentford on a scholarship in 2011, came through the Youth Team ranks and signed a one-year professional deal in the summer of 2013. 

Tyrell played 11 Development Squad games in 2012/13 and made nine appearances in the Under-21 Professional Development League Two South this season, scoring twice.

He was also an unused substitute for the First Team in the Capital One Cup tie against Derby County.

Kieran signed a one-year contract earlier this season after impressing during a trial.

The centre back was on the books at Stourbridge at youth level and played for England Schoolboys in the Under-18 Centenary Shield and England Colleges in 2012/13, as well as playing for Brentford at Youth Team and Development Squad level.

The 18-year-old played nine times for the Development Squad this season.

Striker Luke has been at Brentford since the summer of 2010, when he signed a scholarship.

He turned professional in the summer of 2012 after excelling in the Youth Team and has now been offered a third one-year deal.

Luke finished as Brentford’s top scorer in the Professional Development League last season, hitting ten goals in 18 games but one played five games for the Development Squad this season, scoring once.

He has spent most of the season out on loan, at Dagenham and Redbridge and Northampton Town in Sky Bet League Two.

He also made his first start for Brentford’s First Team and scored his first goal for The Bees in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy against AFC Wimbledon.

In total Luke, who will turn 21 in the close season, has played 34 professional games this season, scoring ten goals.

Emmanuel, better known to most as Manny, has spent most of this season on loan at Skrill Premier Aldershot Town, playing 40 times for the Hampshire side and scoring five goals.

The midfield player, who can also play at right back, made his Brentford debut in an FA Cup Second Round tie against Wrexham in December 2011 and has made two further appearances for The Bees, in a League One game against Milton Keynes Dons and in a Capital One Cup tie against Dagenham and Redbridge earlier this season.

The 21-year-old played 11 Under-21 Professional Development League Two South games for Brentford’s Development Squad last season, scoring three times.

This season he has played seven Under-21 games, scoring once.

Manny excelled for Brentford’s Youth and Reserve teams in 2010/11, his first season at the Club, and continued to prove himself at Development Squad level when completing his scholarship in 2011/12.

He signed a two-year professional contract in the summer of 2012.

Aaron, a 21-year-old defender, has also spent much of the season out on loan, firstly with Skrill Premier Cambridge United and then, for the latter part of the season, with Sky Bet League Two Wycombe Wanderers.

The left sided player has been at Brentford since the summer of 2011 and signed a new one-year contract before the start of the season

Aaron played 19 games from Brentford’s Development Squad in the Under-21 Professional Development League last season and also made his First Team debut in a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie against Southend United.

He was an unused substitute in four further First Team games.

He has made two further First Team appearances as a substitute this season, in a Capital One Cup tie against Derby County and a JPT game against Dagenham and Redbridge, and played 12 games for Brentford’s Development Squad in the Under-21 Professional Development League.

Aaron has played eight games for Wycombe in League Two, scoring once.

Due to their age, Aaron, Luke and Manny no longer qualify for Under-21 football.

The Club has, however, decided to keep them on as part of the Development Squad group and use them as overage players if appropriate.

Ose said: “I would like to congratulate all these players on their contract offers.

“Aaron Luke and Manny have done well for us over the past few years and we want to see how they continue to develop.

“All three have done well out on loan this season, playing in a different professional environment and will now have the chance to put all they have learned in to action in a Brentford shirt.

“Alfie, Joe, Tyrell and Kieran can continue their development with us.

“Joe has started working with our younger age groups as a coach and we can help him develop both as a player and a coach in the next 12 months.”

Jack, who is leaving, has been with The Bees for just over a year.

He joined from Histon on a short-term Academy contract towards the end of the 2012/13 season and was offered a one-year professional contract to join the Club’s Development Squad.

The 18-year-old left-sided defender played two games in the Under-21 Professional Development League last season, scoring once, and five times for the Youth Team.

Injury has prevented the 19-year-old playing at all this season.