Brentford goalkeeper Simon Moore has joined Premier League Cardiff City for an undisclosed transfer fee.
The 23-year-old joined The Bees in 2009 after a successful trial.
Simon was in the youth system at Southampton and played non-league football for Brading Town, on the Isle of Wight, and Farnborough before joining The Bees.
He made his debut as a substitute on the final day of the 2009/10 season and his full bow on the first day of the 2010/11 campaign.
Last season he made the goalkeeper’s spot his own and played 52 games in all competitions, starting 43 of Brentford’s 46 League One matches and all three Play-Off matches.
He has now joined the newly promoted Premier League side and Brentford will invest the transfer fee back in to playing squad.
Brentford Manager Uwe Rösler said: “When I first arrived at Brentford two years ago we struggled to sell a player to a League One club, most of the players that left went in to League Two.
“We have now sold a player to a Premier League club.
“That is a testament to the squad we have put together, to the coaches, to the back room team, to the medical department, the fitness department, the analysts.
“They all played a part in Simon’s development.
“The biggest compliment must go to Simon; he has worked very, very hard.
“He had to fight for the First Team shirt and when he got it he never gave it away.
“He had a good season last year and like Tom Adeyemi, who joined Birmingham City, he deserved the move upwards.
“We would have loved to have kept him, and Tom as well, but we wish him all the luck in the world.
“He has the capability to step up to that level, he has a lot to learn but with Cardiff manager Malky Mackay and his coaching team, he is in good hands.
“We have all our young players on long term contracts and if clubs come in for them, they have to pay.
“That gives us a chance to re-invest.
“We now have to move on, our aims for this season have not changed because Simon has left.
“We are working on getting someone in but we want to make sure we get the right person.”
Mark Warburton, Brentford FC Sporting Director, said: “Simon has given outstanding service to Brentford Football Club over the last three years and it has been a pleasure to watch his rapid development from a talented reserve to a high quality first choice keeper.
“He has faced a number of daunting challenges and yet his focus and determination have been constantly evident and he has delivered a consistently high quality of performance on a weekly basis.
“Off the pitch he has been an absolute credit and has always conducted himself in a most professional and respectful manner.
“Of course it is naturally seen as a negative to therefore lose a player of Simon's ability at such a critical time of the season.
“However, this should in fact be seen as another positive step for the club overall, with one of our talented young players moving on to the Premier League level at the tender age of 23.
“This is why we place players of such quality on secure contracts, seeking to ensure we benefit from their developing talents in the seasons ahead.
“However, if we do lose a player such as Simon, it is because it is right for him and right financially for Brentford.
“We will always have to fight to keep our key performers, but as we develop as a Club and hopefully achieve our aims and ambitions, such fights will be easier to win.
“Another key point I would like to make is the contribution of the staff in the development of Simon and the younger players.
“In this case, Goalkeeper Coach Simon Royce has done an excellent job in his day to day work with Simon, which has been ably supported by Uwe and the remainder of the First Team staff.
“Uwe has had decisions to make regarding Simon, but he has remained loyal and played a major role in guiding him through the constant challenges that are part and parcel of professional football.
“It is very important that the efforts of Uwe and his staff are recognised when such transfers occur.
“Rest assured that we are now moving to find a suitable high quality replacement for Simon and of course we have the very able talents of Jack Bonham and Richard Lee to fall back on in the weeks ahead.”
Simon played a total of 77 games for Brentford, 64 of them in the Football League.
All at Brentford Football Club would like to wish Simon all the best for the future.