After we reported recently that Brentford had signed 10 of its academy graduates to professional contracts this year alone, there is more good news from the youth system at Griffin Park.
Twelve of Brentford’s Under-16 players have been awarded scholarships which will enable them to play for the youth team on a full time basis over the next two seasons.
The list of scholars is as follows:
Sean Bird – Defender
Zachary Birse – Defender
Josh Bohui – Defender, one appearance for the Development Squad this season, called up to England U16 training camp in January 2015
Luke Dunn – Defender
Kingsley Eshun – Forward
Julius Fenn-Evans – Forward, Wales U16 international
Juan Pablo Gonzalez Valasco – Midfielder
Cameron Greaves – Goalkeeper
George Harmes – Midfielder
Giovanni McGregor – Midfielder, one appearance for the Development Squad this season
Danny Parish – Forward
Nik Tavares – Defender
Academy director Ose Aibangee said “This is another very strong group of players that will join us full-time at the start of next season. We have offered 12 players scholarships, which is more than we have done in recent years, and we would not have done that unless we believed they could take the next step.
“These lads have worked hard for a number of years to get to this stage and they deserve their scholarships but they are well aware this is just one step on a long road and they will have to work very hard over the next two years to become professionals. The job of the Academy is to produce First Team footballers.
“The first step for these boys is to play to a high standard in the Youth Team and continue to progress in all they do on and off the pitch. I hope we will see many of these players kick on over the next two years.”
Speaking more specifically about the players, Aibangee said “We have a good mix of players in the group. Cameron has performed well at Youth Team level already and there will be strong competition for the goalkeeper position with Jordan and Tom already with us.
“Nik, Sean and Zachary will add to our defensive options. Nik is a real leader and already is a player you can rely on to help others around him while Sean is comfortable either at full back or centre half and likes to get forward. Zachary is technically very good and will help us maintain a philosophy of playing out from defence.
“Giovanni is a midfield player with great energy, he covers the ground well and links to play. George is a box-to-box midfield player with a fine left foot and passing range who has an impact at both ends of the pitch and Juan Pablo is a creative player with an eye to unlock a defence, creating chances for himself and others. Luke has played for the Youth Team at left back but at younger age groups has played further forward, he is a direct player who likes to attack and run at players.
“Kingsley is a powerful striker and has experience of the FA Youth Cup already, which will stand him in good stead.
Josh can play wide or through the middle and impressed the England coaches with his ability while Julius has made an impact for Wales as a striker with great technical ability who can provide a link between the midfield and the forward line. Danny will have memories of scoring against Barcelona and he has pace to excite.
“I believe we will see these lads progressing over the next two years and I hope they are names all our fans will recognise in the coming years.”
There seems to be somewhat of a conveyor belt of young talent emerging at Brentford and it is great to see a club, doing well in the professional game, place so much emphasis on youth development also.
Congrats to all the lads at Brentford who were awarded scholarships and best of luck to them as their continue their journey to becoming Young Pro’s!