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Date of Birth

Position: Goalkeeper   

Contract: Professional    

Mark signed a one-year contract extension with Brentford's Development Squad in June 2015 after a successful first season with his boyhood club.

The 19-year-old joined The Bees in the summer of 2014 from local neighbours Queens Park Rangers and made eight appearances at Jersey Road.

Mark was part of the goalkeeping unit that went on the club's pre-season training camp to Portugal ahead of the 2015/16 season.


Date of Birth: 23/12/96

Position: Goalkeeper

Contract: Professional

Nik enjoyed a stellar 2014/15 season that saw him reach the Under-18 Professional Development League Two Play-Off Final, earn international recognition with New Zealand and sign his first professional contract.

The tall-goalkeeper made 18 appearances for the Youth Team during the first-year of his scholarship and 19 last season as Brentford finished second in the Under-18 PDL Two South.

His form with The Bees last season saw him called up to the New Zealand Under-20 squad for the World Cup earlier this summer where he appeared twice as the hosts qualified for the Quarter Finals.

He was also named in New Zealand Under-23 Squad for their Pacific Games campaign in July and picked up the Youth Team Player of the Year award for his performances in Jon De Souza's side.


Date of Birth: 14/03/97

Position: Defender

Contract: Professional

Left sided player Tom Field signed a one-year contract with Brentford's Development Squad this summer after two years with the Youth Team.

Tom was a key member of the Milk Cup winning team featuring in four of the games scoring in the win against County Londonderry. 

He made 17 appearances for the Under-18s during the 2013/14 season and 25 appearances for Jon De Souza's side last season on the way to the Under-18 Professional Development League Two Play-Off final.


Date of Birth:

Position: Defender/Midfielder

Contract: Professional

Aaron joined Brentford in August 2014 following an extended trial at Griffin Park.

The 20-year-old began his career with his local side Harlow Town before moving to Heybridge Swifts.

The left-sided player, capable of playing in defence or in midfield, came to The Bees attention playing for Chelmsford City in the Skrill South during the 2013/14 season.

Aaron played 12 times for The Hawks before joining Brentford on trial in March 2014, scoring on his debut at home to Cardiff City in the U21 Professional Development League Two South fixture at Griffin Park.

Last season Aaron was a regular in the Development Squad making 25 appearances in total and was offered a one-year contract extension to take him through to the summer of 2016.


Date of Birth:5/1/97 

Position: Defender 

Contract: Professional


The powerful defender signed his first professional contract at Griffin Park in the summer of 2015 after completing his two-year scholarship.

The Lithuanian Under-16 captain played every minute in the 2012 Milk Cup victory scoring the opening goal against CSKA Moscow in the group stages. 

Audrius made seven appearances for the Youth Team and Development Squad playing up as an Under-16 during the 2012/13 season. 

His first season as a scholar was disrupted by injury with Audrius making 19 appearances in league and FA Youth Cup scoring three goals.

Last season he established himself in the Youth Team as they reached the final of the Under-18 PDL Two Play-Offs making 24 appearances, scoring once.



Date of Birth: 29/10/96

Position: Defender

Contract: Professional

Gradi is a powerful, athletic defender who has come through the ranks with The Bees. 

The North Londoner made seven appearances for the Youth Team as an Under 16 during the 2012/13 season. 

Gradi impressed as a first-year scholar making 24 appearances and earning the Youth Team Player of the Year award after a unanimous vote by his teammates. 

Last season Gradi captained the Youth Team to the Under-18 PDL Two Play-Off final making 22 appearances for Jon De Souza's side.

He also made 11 appearances for the Development Squad before signing a one-year professional contract in the summer of 2015.


Date of Birth: 20/04/97

Position: Midfielder

Contract: Professional

Youth Team Captain James Ferry signed a one-year professional contract in June 2015 after leading Brentford to the final of the Under-18 PDL Two Play-Off.

James captained Brentford to the Milk Cup title in 2012 playing every minute of the competition scoring three times, including the opening goal in the final against Everton.

The tall-midfielder missed much of the rest of the 2012/13 campaign due to injury but returned to make 17 league and cup appearances during the 2013/14 season, scoring in the defeat against Millwall. 

Last season he made 16 appearances for the Youth Team, scoring five goals, also playing ten times for the Development Squad.



Date of Birth: 11/05/1995

Position: Midfield

Contract: Professional 

German Under-18 International Jan Holldack joined Brentford from 1.FC Koln in July 2015 on a two-year contract.

The goalscoring midfielder began his career at FC Hennef 05 Jugend before coming through the ranks with Bundesliga side Koln.

Jan made 76 appearances in the Junior Bundesliga for Koln and made his German Under-18 debut in December 2013.


Date of Birth: 5/1/97

Position: Midfielder

Contract: Professional

Herson ended 18 months of frustration by signing a first professional contract with The Bees in February 2015.

Injury and registration issues had restricted him to just eight Under-18 matches in nearly two seasons ahead of signing his professional deal which takes him through to summer 2016.

The midfielder immediately set about making up for lost time scoring three goals in eight matches as Brentford's Youth Team made the Under-18 PDL Two final.

Herson was a key member of the 2012 Dale Farm Milk Cup win as he scored in both the Semi-Final and Final of the 2012 Milk Cup win having featured in all the games over the week.


Date of Birth: 30/6/97

Position: Forward

Contract: Professional

Courtney announced himself as a 15-year-old when he was named Player of the Tournament as Brentford won the 2012 Milk Cup. 

A pacey and direct wide player, who can play through the middle, Courtney scored his first Youth Team goal as an Under 16 during the 2012/13 season. 

As a first-year scholar Courtney made 25 appearances in the U18 Professional Development League Two South and FA Youth Cup scoring six goals as well as adding two in the 4-1 friendly win over AZ Alkmaar.

Last season Courtney made 13 appearances for Lee Carsley's side, scoring twice, as well as appearing ten times for the Youth Team.

He also spent a month on loan at Wycombe Wanderers in Sky Bet League Two, making his professional debut in The Chairboys defeat to Plymouth Argyle ahead of signing a two-year Development Squad deal at Griffin Park.

Courtney make his full Brentford debut in August when he appeared in the Capital One Cup defeat to Oxford United at Griffin Park.


Date of Birth: 22/06/1995

Position: Midfielder

Contract: Professional 

Jermaine joined The Bees ahead of the 2014/15 season following a successful trial at Jersey Road during the 2013/14 season.

In his first full season with The Bees Jermaine topped the scoring charts for the Development Squad, netting 12 times from 20 starts.

His form saw him named on the bench for Brentford's Sky Bet Championship fixture away at Charlton Athletic in February 2015.

He made his Brentford debut in the Capital One Cup defeat to Oxford United in August 2015 and followed that up with his Football League debut against Burnley ten days later.


Date of Birth: 28/10/96

Position: Midfielder

Contract: Professional

Zain earned himself his first professional contract in the summer of 2015 after completing his two-year scholarship with Brentford.

The 18-year-old was an almost ever present for the Under-18s during his scholarship making more than 50 appearances, scoring four goals.

Last season the creative midfielder also appeared eight times for Lee Carsley's Development Squad, scoring twice.


Date of Birth: 2/7/97 

Position: Striker

Contract: Professional

Bradley secured his first Professional contract in the summer of 2015 after his goals helped Brentford to the Under-18 PDL Two Play-Off Final.

Bradley shared his time as a scholar between training and sitting his A-Levels but managed to rack up 20 goals in 32 starts, including 15 last campaign, for the Youth Team over two years.

The diminutive striker also scored four goals in 11 starts for the Development Squad as a scholar last season.

Bradley was also member of the Milk Cup winning side the 16-year-old featured in four of the five games, including the Semi-Final and Final.


Date of Birth: 3/3/97

Position: Striker

Contract: Professional

Seika signed a two-year contract with the Development Squad in the summer of 2015 after completing his scholarship at Jersey Road.

The tall-rangy striker was another of the Milk Cup winning side, scoring in the 2-1 victory over CSKA Moscow in the group stages. 

During his time with the Youth Team Seika scored eight goals in 24 appearances before signing his new deal this summer.