Goalkeeper agrees deal at Griffin Park
Brentford have signed goalkeeper David Button from Charlton Athletic for an undisclosed transfer fee.
The 24-year-old completed the formalities of the move today and has signed a two-year contract at Griffin Park.
David, who started out at Tottenham Hotspur and came through the youth ranks at White Hart Lane, has committed to a deal that will keep him at Brentford until the end of the 2014/15 season.
David’s arrival comes less than 24 hours after Simon Moore left Brentford to join Premier League Cardiff City.
Brentford Manager Uwe Rösler said: “We always felt we had to have a Plan B in place in case we had offers for Simon Moore.
“Over the summer we had goalkeepers in on trial and we made lists and enquiries in case Simon left.
“That happened this week and with Simon going out the door, there is an opportunity for someone to come in.
“We decided David was the perfect choice for us.
“He is at the right age and he is very hungry to make the number one spot his own.
“As soon as Simon left, David was our first choice.
“He is the only player we enquired about and the only player we made a bid for.
“We did not at any stage make any enquiries or bids for any other goalkeepers.
“David will face strong competition for the goalkeeper spot from Jack Bonham and Richard Lee, when Richard is fit again.
“We are very strong in the goalkeeper department.
“We have been strong there over the past two seasons and are even stronger this year.
“I look forward to working with David and our other goalkeepers.
“I believe it is very important to have match winners in both penalty areas.
“You need strikers to win matches and goalkeepers to win matches.
“Richard Lee and Simon Moore have won matches for us; goalkeeper is a crucial position and David is a very good player.
“I am very happy with the signing.”
Mark Warburton, Brentford FC Sporting Director, said: “The departure of Simon Moore was unexpected; we had to move very quickly to find a more than suitable replacement.
“David has an excellent pedigree from his time at the Tottenham Academy and in the Charlton First Team.
“He is a goalkeeper who still has outstanding potential and we are very excited to secure his services at Brentford FC.
“David is very keen to prove he is a number one goalkeeper and this is an opportunity for him to do that.
“We hope this is a great move for both parties.”
After loan spells at clubs including AFC Bournemouth, Shrewsbury Town, Crewe Alexandra, Barnsley and Doncaster Rovers he joined Charlton from Tottenham last summer.
He started six games for the South London side last season, five of them in The Championship, before making the move to TW8.
David Button spoke to Bees Player after completing the move; see an interview with the goalkeeper this evening.