New Brentford goalkeeper Mark Flekken said his move to the club is a 'dream come true' - and has detailed what Bees fans can expect from him between the sticks next season.

Flekken, who has signed for the west Londoners on a four-year deal, joins the club off the back of a superb season at Freiburg, where he helped them to a fifth-place finish in the Bundesliga and kept the most clean sheets in the division.

The 29-year-old also played in the Europa League last term, as the German outfit made the round of 16, before being knocked out by Juventus.

And the Dutch international is now ready for the next chapter of his career and can't wait to play in the Premier League - something he could never have envisaged when playing in the German third tier in 2017.

"I'm very excited," said Flekken. "It's a whole new chapter for me and the next big step in my career. 

“I'm really looking forward to my time here at Brentford and it’s really lovely to be here.

“If you had told me seven years ago when I was in the third division of Germany that, one day, I would be playing in the Premier League, I would have probably knocked you down! 

"But it's a dream come true and my next big step. And I hope we can take the next steps as a squad and as a club as well.” 

He added: "I've spoken with [Thomas Frank] a few times and even exchanged some text messages with him recently.  

“He's a really, really good guy and a great coach, as I'm hearing from everywhere, so I’m looking forward to meeting him more closely.

“He told me that I would be a perfect fit for the club over here and that I would fit in really well. I'm really looking forward to playing my part here.”

As well as his impressive goalkeeping statistics from last term - 13 clean sheets (the highest in the Bundesliga) and the fourth-highest save percentage in the league (74) - Flekken's distribution and ball-playing ability are also standout elements of his game.

He played the second-most launched passes (passes longer than 40 yards), completing 271, and the sixth-highest defensive actions outside the penalty area (43), which highlight his ability to progress the ball and command the entirety of the defensive third.

When asked to describe his style of play, Flekken responded: “I'm a ball-playing goalkeeper. I try to bring calmness into the squad and I’ll always try to direct the guys in front of me - I’ll help them to help me. 

“The only way to achieve as much as possible is together, so that's one of the key things I want to bring.”

There will also be a familiar face for Flekken in the Brentford dressing room - his former Freiburg team-mate Kevin Schade.

The pair played together 35 times in games in the Bundesliga, German Cup and Europa League and, having trained and played with Schade back in Germany, Flekken can't wait to see what the 21-year-old can do in England.

“I know him a little bit, so it'll be nice to see him again," said Flekken.

"He's a very fine guy, still young, a player with a lot of potential, and I hope he can bring out that potential that that he has in his bones.”