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JOSH CLARK JOINS MAIDENHEAD ON LOAN

Posted: Wed 04 Dec 2013
Author: Chris Wickham

Development Squad winger joins Skrill South side Maidenhead United until January

Development Squad winger Josh Clarke has joined Maidenhead United on loan until the start of 2014.

Josh completed his two-year scholarship in the summer and signed a one-year professional contract, as part of the Development Squad.

He made his First Team debut in the Capital One Cup defeat to Derby County and also featured in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie against Peterborough United.

He has been an unused substitute on two more occasions.

He completed his move to Maidenhead, who play in the Skrill South, yesterday afternoon and will remain with the Berkshire club until January 4.

Ose Aibangee, Brentford FC Academy Director, said: “Josh has made substantial progress over the past few years.

“Before he joined us as a scholar in 2011 he was basically playing park football.

“He has a lot to learn to get to the level required for the professional game but has made great strides and has all the raw ingredients

“He has been trusted in the First Team environment and has continued to perform at Development Squad level.

“This move gives him a chance to play competitive football at a busy time of the year and he will only improve from doing so.

“As we have said before, Maidenhead are a good club and play a similar style of football to the one we do in our Academy so it is a good fit for Josh and we look forward to watching him doing well at that level.”

Josh, who turned 19 in July, played 17 games in the Professional Development League last term, scoring once.

He has been involved in all seven games for Brentford in the Under-21 Professional Development League this season.

Josh also had a short work experience spell at Ryman Premier League Carshalton Athletic last season, playing eight games and scoring once.