Brentford sign Alan Judge from Blackburn Rovers after successful loan move
Brentford have completed the permanent signing of attacking midfielder Alan Judge from Blackburn Rovers for an undisclosed fee following a successful loan spell.
The 25-year-old former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international finalised the move this morning, signing a three-year contract.
The left-sided player spent five months on loan at Griffin Park in 2013/14, playing 22 games, scoring seven goals and creating six.
He scored the decisive penalty at home to Preston North End on Good Friday which saw The Bees promoted back to the Sky Bet Championship for the first time in 21 years.
Brentford Manager Mark Warburton said he was delighted to secure Alan on a long-term deal.
He paid tribute to Brentford FC Sporting Director Frank McParland and Alan’s agent Barry Whelan for their work on the deal.
Mark said: “Alan displayed all of the right qualities both on and off the pitch and played a big role in our achieving the desired goal of promotion to the Championship.
“His evident playing ability is matched with an outstanding work ethic and level of professionalism and his commitment to Brentford has been first class from the very outset.
“I have no doubts that Alan will make a significant impact in the Championship and I am very much looking forward to watching him continue his development with the club in the months ahead.
“The fact that we can secure players of Alan’s quality also speaks volumes about the network of staff we have at the club.
“There is no doubt that many clubs were seeking his services and therefore the environment created at the Training Ground plays a big part in his decision to join us on a long term deal.
“This signing is also great credit to Frank McParland for his unrelenting work over the last few months.
“Frank has brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Club and this is now being clearly demonstrated, with such signings sending out a clear message of intent.
“I would also like to thank Barry Whelan, the player’s agent, who maintained absolute integrity and professionalism throughout the process.”
Frank McParland said: “Alan really helped us to gain promotion.
“The manager likes technical and tactical players with lots of energy and Alan fits into that category.
“Everyone is delighted that we have managed to secure his signature as there were a lot of clubs looking at him and trying to sign him.
“Alan is happy playing regular football here and the support he has received from the fans is massive for him.
“Everything that myself, Mark Warburton and David Weir are trying to do at the moment is for a top level Championship club.
“We have a lot of good players at this football club and any players that we look at for the future will add even more quality to the group.”
Alan arrives at Griffin Park after leaving Blackburn for the second time.
He had moved back to Rovers last summer having turned professional with the Lancashire club aged 17.
In his first spell at Blackburn he had loan spells at Plymouth Argyle and Notts County before signing permanently for the latter in January 2011.
In three years at Meadow Lane, both on loan and after joining permanently, Alan played 112 games and scored 17 goals.
He was named Supporters’ and Players’ Player of the Year at Notts County at the end of the 2011/12 season and was given a spot in the PFA League One Team of the Year in 2012/13.
Alan left County and moved back to Blackburn last summer.
He made 12 appearances for Rovers in 2013, 11 of them in The Sky Bet Championship, and scored once.
He moved to Brentford on loan in January and has now made the permanent switch.