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BEES SIGN WILL GRIGG

Posted: Mon 01 Jul 2013
Author: Chris Wickham
Will Grigg

Will Grigg

Image by: Brentford FC

Northern Ireland international striker joins up with Brentford

Brentford have signed Northern Ireland international striker Will Grigg after his contract at League One rivals Walsall expired.

The 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.

The striker, who turns 22 on Wednesday, was out of contract at Walsall on Sunday, June 30, and was able to sign for The Bees today, Monday July 1.

He has signed a three-year contract at Griffin Park.

The Midlands club will be due compensation for the striker due to his age.

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 debut as a scholar during the previous season.

He made his mark in 2010/11, playing 30 games in all competition, 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.

He is the latest young player to commit his next three years to Brentford - Jake Bidwell signed a three-year contract when he joined The Bees from Everton earlier this month, Adam Forshaw signed a new three-year deal last week and Simon Moore signed up until the summer of 2016 last season.

The capture of Will gives The Bees two of League One’s top five goal scorers from 2012/13.