Brentford is pleased to announce the permanent signing of Benjamin Fredrick from Simoiben FC on a four-year deal with the club having the option of an extra year.

The central defender has impressed on loan this season and his efforts have been rewarded with a permanent move to west London.

The central defender will remain with Neil MacFarlane's B team, however he has shown great endeavour this term and trained with the first team on a number of occasions.

He was also named as a substitute for Brentford’s Premier League games against Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, as well as both Emirates FA Cup third-round matches against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Fredrick is a Nigerian youth international and featured at the Under-20 World Cup for his country last summer as they reached the quarter-final stage, before exiting the competition with a 1-0 defeat to South Korea.

He has been a regular for his country at U20 level, making his debut in that age group at just 17.

As well as playing four times in the U20 World Cup last year, he also featured six times as Nigeria finished third in the U20 Africa Cup of Nations.

Discussing his permanent move to the club, Fredrick said: “Signing permanently for Brentford is a great moment for me and my family and I want to thank everyone who started this journey with me.

“Neil and the rest of the coaching team have been very patient and supportive throughout this season and they have helped me become a stronger more confident player in the process.

"I want to repay the club's trust in me by continuing to do my best and pushing to even greater heights.”