Clarke Pens Brentford Extension
On Friday evening ahead of the game against Preston North End, Brentford confirmed that Josh Clarke had penned a new long term deal.
The 22 year old has put pen to paper on a deal keeping him with us until the summer of 2020 and that comes on top of the two year deal he signed over the summer.
Having been with us since 2011 he is now one of our longest serving players and he's featured in attacking midfield and also right back - this season he has made 22 appearances for head coach Dean Smith with a return of two goals.
Speaking to the Official Site as the deal was announced, Smith said of the deal.
'Josh has deserved the extension to his current contract as he has proved this season that he is an important member of the squad, featuring as both a right back and a wide player. He has continued to develop a greater understanding of many aspects of the game and is willing to put both the time and effort that is required to be successful in his career. I am looking forward to continuing to help him develop as a player.'
Co Director of Football Phil Giles added.
'The contract that Josh signed last summer still had 17 months remaining to run. However, we felt it was important to keep Josh as an important part of the squad for a much longer period as he has shown that he can be versatile and fill several roles in the team at a high level. This continues the process of building a squad that we feel can compete in the long term, and I'm pleased that Josh is going to be a part of that.'
Speaking himself after penning the contract, Clarke explained.
'I was delighted when I heard. So far this season I have been playing well so when I was told that I was getting a new deal I was delighted. They said that I have been doing well on and off the pitch and I have to continue to work hard. Hard work pays off. I am playing a bit of both with right back and right wing so I think I need to work on the defensive side of my game and my heading. I am still learning and the main thing is that I take on the information. I have been happy playing games week in week out and now it is about trying to adapt to this level. People like Maxime Colin are older and more experienced and good to learn from. We can also try and push them by working hard and fighting for their spot. There is competition for every position.'