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Brentford FC Youth Team Profiles

Posted: Thu 16 Feb 2012
Author: Brentford FC

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JOSEPH TAYLOR

Date of Birth: 25/06/1996

Position: Goalkeeper

Contract: 2nd Year Scholar


The 17-year-old goalkeeper joined the club in July 2012 having previously been on trial with AFC Wimbledon. 

Joe has been part of the New Zealand Youth set-up and made 12 appearances for the Youth Team and Development Squad last season. 

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NIK TZANEV

Date of Birth: 23/12/96

Position: Goalkeeper

Contract: YD4


Nik is a tall keeper who is an excellent shot-stopper. 

The 16-year-old featured twice for the Youth Team last year in the U18 Professional Development League Two South including the 3-0 victory over Swansea City.

RICHARD BRYAN

Date of Birth: 13/09/1995

Position: Defender

Contract: 2nd Year Scholar 


Richard is a centre-back who was heavily involved in the Development Squad during the Pre-Season. 

Richard played 20 games for the Youth Team in 2011/12, mainly at right back or centre back, although he can also play in midfield.

The 17-year-old started in the FA Youth Cup Third Round win over Hull City and in the Fourth Round defeat against Stoke City, when he scored Brentford's goal - his first goal for the club. 

Last season, Richard played 18 times for the Youth Team, scoring three goals, including a brace in the 5-5 draw with Swansea, the first of which was put forward for academy goal of the month for January. 

He also appeared three times in the Development Squad in both the league and 'Help for Heroes' Cup.

TOM FIELD

Date of Birth: 14/03/97

Position: Defender

Contract: 1st Year Scholar


Tom is a left-sided player capable of playing at full back or further forward with great energy and delivery. 

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

The 16-year-old made three substitute appearances in the Youth Team last season.

MAKHOSINI KHANYE

Date of Birth: 11/9/96

Position: Defender/Midfielder

Contract: 1st Year Scholar


Capable of playing at left back and on the left wing Makhosini is a strong player.

He featured heavily for the Youth Team last season as an Under 16 making the left-back spot his own towards the end of the season finishing the campaign with 14 appearances.

Last season also saw Makhosini make his bow for the Development Squad in their league fixture away at Colchester.  



AUDRIUS LAUCYS

Date of Birth:5/1/97 

Position: Defender 

Contract: 1st Year Scholar

 

Audrius is a powerful central defender who is strong in the air. 

The Lithuanian U16 captain played every minute in the 2012 Milk Cup victory scoring the opening goal against CSKA Moscow in the group stages. 

Last season the 16-year-old made five starts for the U18s and two appearances for the Development Squad.

 


GRADI MILENGE

Date of Birth: 29/10/96

Position: Defender

Contract: 1st Year Scholar


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 last season and featured for the Development Squad this pre-season. 



GEORGE PILBEAM

Date of Birth: 27/10/1995

Position: Defender/Midfielder

Contract: 2nd Year Scholar


George is a versatile player who can play in central midfield as well as at right back.

The 17-year-old made three appearances for the Youth Team in 2011/12.

Last season, George featured 27 times for both the Youth Team and Development Squad and was Youth Team captain for the second-half of the season. 

In April, he was named as Youth Team Player of the Year and was presented with the award on the pitch at Griffin Park at half-time in the match against Portsmouth. 

LIONEL STONE

Date of Birth: 20/09/1995

Position: Defender

Contract: 2nd Year Scholar


Lionel has already won international honours having been selected for the Scotland Under-17 squad, a year above his age.

The 17-year-old central defender has made five appearances for Scotland at that level.

Originally a centre forward, Lionel has moved to the centre of defence and made 14 appearances for Brentford's Youth Team in 2011/12, scoring once.

The ball-playing defender featured 15 times in the U18 Professional Development League Two South last year and started in all three FA Youth Cup ties. 

DANIEL WEBSTER

Date of Birth: 15/7/97

Position: Defender

Contract: 1st Year Scholar


A tall defender who is strong in the air and comfortable with the ball at his feet.

Dan was part of the Milk Cup winning side in 2012, featuring in every game, and made one appearance for the Youth Team as an Under 16 last season. 

  


KOJO AWOTWI

Date of Birth: 24/06/96

Position: Midfielder

Contract: 2nd Year Scholar 


Kojo joined The Bees at the start of the 2013/14 season having had a trial at Griffin Park in 2012.

A lively wide midfielder Kojo scored twice in his first three games for the Youth Team earlier this season.

The former Barnet player featured in all three FA Youth Cup ties this season and has been an almost ever present so far in the U18 Professional Development League Two South. 

JAMES FERRY

Date of Birth: 20/04/97

Position: Midfielder

Contract: 1st Year Scholar


James is a tall central midfielder with a good eye for a pass.

The 16-year-old 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.

 


LEWIS LAVENDER

Date of Birth: 13/05/1996

Position: Midfield

Contract: 2nd Year Scholar


Lewis, who turned 17 in the close season, is a central midfield player who made two appearances for the Youth Team in 2011/12 - one of which was the FA Youth Cup First Round win over Lewes.

He has come through the ranks at Brentford, having joined the Centre of Excellence earlier in his career.

The energetic midfielder featured 17 times for the Youth Team in League last season, scoring in the 5-5 draw at home to Swansea City. 

He also played throughout The Bees FA Youth Cup run, and has captained the Youth Team this season.

MICHAEL ONOVWIGUN

Date of Birth: 9/04/1996

Position: Midfielder

Contract: 2nd Year Scholar


Michael, who turned 17 in April, is a tall central midfield player who gets around the pitch and can make important contributions in both penalty areas.

He made 22 appearances for Brentford's Youth Team in 2011/12 and started in three FA Youth Cup ties.

He scored his first goal in Bees colours as a 95th minute equaliser in the Second Round against Southend United, which Brentford went on to win in extra-time. 

Last season he featured in the Youth Team, Development Squad and First Team in pre-season.

He went on to make 23 appearances in League and Cup for the Youth Team and Development Squad, scoring in the 5-1 victory over Barnet in the First Round of the Youth Cup. 

HERSON RODRIGUES ALVES

Date of Birth: 5/1/97

Position: Midfielder

Contract: 1st Year Scholar


Herson is an attacking player who likes to take on his man.

The 16-year-old scored in both the Semi-Final and Final of the 2012 Milk Cup win having featured in all the games over the week. 

Last season Herson featured four times for the Youth Team before an injury ended his season early. 

FABIAN ROWE

Date of Birth: 14/02/1996

Position: Midfielder

Contract: 2nd Year Scholar


Fabian is an attacking midfield player who is comfortable on both sides of the pitch and with both feet.

The 17-year-old made ten appearances for Brentford's Youth Team in 2011/12 and featured in the FA Youth Cup run.

He started in the First Round win over Lewes, scoring his first goal for the club, and in the Second Round win over Southend before appearing as a substitute against Hull in the Third Round.

Last season Fabian featured 17 times for the Youth Team scoring three goals, including both goals in the 2-2 draw against Millwall. 

ZAIN WESTBROOKE

Date of Birth: 28/10/96

Position: Midfielder

Contract: 1st Year Scholar


Zain is a creative midfield player who likes to dictate play.

The 16-year-old featured five times in the Youth Team last season including the 3-0 victory over Swansea City in April.


BRADLEY CLAYTON

Date of Birth: 2/7/97 

Position: Striker

Contract: YD4


Bradley is a hard-working forward with a good eye for goal.

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

Bradley made his U18 Professional Development League bow at the start of the 2013/14 season and scored twice in the friendly match away at AZ Alkmaar in October. 

SEIKA JATTA

Date of Birth: 3/3/97

Position: Striker

Contract: 1st Year Scholar


Seika is a tall rangy striker with good strength and technique.

Another of the Milk Cup winning side Seika scored in the 2-1 victory over CSKA Moscow in the group stages. 

Last season Seika scored twice in five appearances including in the away draw against Millwall. 

MONTELL MOORE

Date of Birth: 23/12/1995

Postion: Midfielder

Contract: 2nd Year Scholar


Montell is an attacking player who can play on the left, right or through the middle.

The 17-year-old made eight appearances for the Youth Team in 2011/12 and was an unused substitute in the FA Youth Cup defeat against Stoke.

Montell has a good eye for goal and finished last season as the Youth Team's top scorer with five goals in all competitions, including the winners against both Cardiff City and Brighton & Hove Albion. 

COURTNEY SENIOR

Date of Birth: 30/6/97

Position: Midfielder/Striker

Contract: 1st Year Scholar


Courtney is a lively striker with an eye for goal who can also play out wide.

The 16-year-old played throughout The Bees victorious campaign in the Milk Cup scoring against Everton in the group stages and was voted player of the tournament for his efforts.   

Last season Courtney featured six times for the Youth Team scoring in the League game away at Colchester United. 

He made four appearances for the Development Squad in 2012/13 before scoring twice against AZ Alkmaar in a friendly match last October. 


JOSHUA STOCKWELL

Date of Birth: 14/10/1995

Position: Striker

Contract: 2nd Year Scholar


Josh joined Brentford from Southampton and can play on either wing or as a striker.

The 17-year-old made his debut for Brentford's Youth Team against Wycombe Wanderers in January in what proved to be his only appearance in 2011/12.

Josh netted four times in 20 appearances for the Youth Team last season, including a brace in the FA Youth Cup win over Barnet.