Striker Luke Norris turns down Brentford FC contract offer to join Sky Bet League One Gillingham
Luke Norris has turned down the offer of a new contract at Brentford and has signed for Sky Bet League One Gillingham.
Striker Luke has been at Brentford since the summer of 2010, when he signed a scholarship.
He turned professional in the summer of 2012 after excelling in the Youth Team and was offered a third one-year deal at the end of last season.
He has instead chosen to sign for Gillingham.
Brentford are entitled to compensation due to Luke’s age and the clubs are still negotiating.
Ose Aibangee, Brentford Academy Director, said: “We would like to wish Luke all the best for his future career.
“He has developed enormously since he arrived, both on the field, as a striker who has now proven himself in the Football League, and in terms of physical development, beating the injuries that were holding him back.
“We took him from a college course and he is now a League One footballer.
“We offered him a contract because we felt he could grow in to a player that would do well for Brentford in The Championship.
“There were a number of clubs interested in taking him and he chose Gillingham.
“He has been given the opportunity to play First Team football immediately and has decided that is right for him.
“We would have liked to see how he developed if he had stayed at Brentford but I respect his decision.
“I am sure he will do well at Gillingham.”
Luke spent most of the 2013/14 season out on loan, at Dagenham and Redbridge and Northampton Town in Sky Bet League Two.
He also made his first start for Brentford’s First Team and scored his first goal for The Bees in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy against AFC Wimbledon.
In total Luke, who has just turned 21, played 34 professional games last term, scoring ten goals.
He finished as top scorer for Brentford’s Development Squad in the Under-21 Professional Development League in 2012/13, hitting ten goals in 18 games and five games for the Development Squad last season, scoring once.
Luke played a total of five First Team games for The Bees, scoring once.