Paris Maghoma, Matthew Cox and Fin Stevens have all come through the B Team pathway and progressed under the stewardship of the B Team staff before working with the First Team on a regular basis which has now culminated into official promotions. 13 players from the B Team have now earned official promotions to the First Team group since the side's formation.
Paris, who joined the B Team from Tottenham Hotspur in January 2020, has progressed a great deal in midfield for the side and has been a regular feature for the young Bees since his arrival. He made his B Team debut shortly after joining as he helped the side to a 3-3 draw against FC Seoul in Portugal before he netted his first goal in impressive style when the side faced FC Astana a few days later.
Since arriving with the B Team, Paris has featured 39 times under Neil MacFarlane. He was forced to miss a significant part of the 2020/21 season with injury, but the 2021/22 campaign saw him gradually introduced to the First Team set up more and more and he also featured in six games as part of a Brentford XI under the First Team coaching staff.
Discussing the promotion for Paris, Neil said: “We’ve seen the project over the last few years where we’ve taken players from other clubs to try to improve them and help them to find that missing link. In terms of Paris, his ability is unquestionable and he is one of the most talented players to come through the B Team system. If he can keep striving to be better every single day then he can have a really good career. It’s a real delight for us for Paris to get his promotion to the First Team because there has been a lot of hard work put in by himself and by the staff."
As for Matthew, the promotion comes at the end of his first season with The Bees after joining from AFC Wimbledon last summer. Matthew was a regular trainer with the First Team group and played 18 times for the B Team over the course of the 2021/22 campaign. Matthew also featured on the bench for the First Team on 12 occasions.
Discussing Matthew's promotion, Neil said: “Matthew has huge potential and he really suits the style of play at our Club. He has immense ability at building from the back and we’ve seen continuous improvements with his shot stopping over the course of the season as well. When he came with us to Portugal we saw a very mature individual and we’ve got high hopes for him. We are looking forward to seeing him play more games and keep developing."
Certainly an eye-catching story is that of Fin Stevens, who has earned his promotion after being involved with the First Team group throughout the 2021/22 season. Over two seasons as a B Team player, Fin featured 28 times for the young Bees- 22 of those appearances coming in his debut season. The youngster arrived from non-league side Worthing and went on to make his First Team debut against Fulham in October 2020. The Wales Under-21 international defender has already made a Premier League debut (against Southampton in January 2022) and made nine appearances for the First Team in his two years with Brentford B.
Discussing Fin's rise to the First Team, Neil continued: "It’s an unbelievable story and Fin is an unbelievable young person. I remember going to watch him for Worthing and it’s great to see how far he has come. He really bought into us when he arrived with the B Team at the start of the 2020/21 season and he really drove himself, along with us, to get better and better in all aspects of his game. He’s maturing into a really good, young, defender and has gone on to make a Premier League debut against Southampton. His rise has been quite incredible, particularly with his international appearances."