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23 June 2013

Central defender wants "to be a player the gaffer is thinking about this season”

Aaron Pierre said he wanted to force his way in to Manager Uwe Rösler’s thinking during the 2013/14 season.

The 20-year-old central defender signed a new one year contract earlier this week.

Aaron was part of Brentford’s successful Development Squad during the 2012/13 campaign and made his First Team debut in a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie against Southend United.

He played 19 games in the centre of defence as Brentford finished fourth in the inaugural Under-21 Professional Development League Two South standings.

The 20-year-old, who joined The Bees in 2011, was an unused substitute in four further First Team games.

Aaron said Development Squad Manager Jon De Souza and Academy Director Ose Aibangee had been putting him forward for First Team recognition and he wanted to prove them right in the upcoming season.

“I’m delighted to sign,” he said.

“I need to buckle down and prove Brentford were right to offer me another contract.

“Jon and Ose want to push us to play in the First Team.

“They helped me to make my debut last year.

“I got my chance.

“In my first season here it was different to what I had been used to.

“It was new scenery and I had to get to know everyone.

“Last season I buckled down and made the best of what I had.

“I will try to be a player the gaffer is thinking about this season.”

Aaron said he felt himself getting better last season and now wanted to kick on further.

He was in and around the First Team for much of last season and was an unused substitute on the final day of the regular season.

He said he wanted to put pressure on Harlee Dean and Tony Craig, Brentford’s regular central defensive partnership last season.

“I could feel myself getting fitter and performing better,” said Aaron.

“As a player, I felt I was becoming aware of things I wasn’t aware of before.

“I would notice the player over my shoulder and move in to the right areas naturally.

“The little things that make you a better player, I realised I was doing it, it became second nature.

“Hopefully this season I can put pressure on the centre halves.

“Tony Craig was captain and I though Harlee Dean was the best player at the Club last year.

“It is a motivation for me to try and push them close.”

Aaron spent part of the close season in Iceland working with UMF Selfoss, an Icelandic football club which is partnered with Brentford.

He said he couldn’t wait for pre-season to start and wanted to secure a First Team chance.

“I went out to Iceland to get some experience and keep myself ticking over,” he said.

“I am raring to go for pre-season.

“Seeing players of my age playing in League One or League Two makes you want to be like that.

“I want to be that player.

“That should be a motivation for you.

“I can’t wait for it all to start.”

Bees Player subscribers can click here to see a full video interview with Aaron Pierre.

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