Brentford Manager Mark Warburton hails "tremendous news" as defender Tony Craig signs new deal
Brentford defender Tony Craig has signed a new contract to keep him at Griffin Park until the summer of 2017.
The left-sided centre half put pen to paper on the two-and-a-half year contract this morning to extend his stay in West London.
Mark Warburton, Brentford Manager, said: “It is tremendous news for the Club that Tony has accepted the offer put forward to him.
“It shows the commitment on both sides to continue the work that has been done over the past few months.
“Tony’s attitude, desire and professionalism on and off the pitch are evident for all to see.
“Securing him for the long term is excellent news for the squad and gives us stability at a vital time of the season.”
Tony joined Brentford from Millwall in the summer of 2012, having been part of the team which won promotion from League One via the Play-Offs in 2010 and played in the second tier for both The Lions and Crystal Palace.
He played 55 games in his first season at Griffin Park and captained Brentford in the 2013 npower League One Play-Off Final.
He made his 100th Brentford appearance towards the end of the 2013/14 season, a year in which he helped The Bees to promotion to the Sky Bet Championship, captaining the side for the majority of the campaign.
Tony made his 100th league appearance for Brentford in the win at Nottingham Forest last week, the second of three straight wins that has taken The Bees in to the top six in the Championship.
In total he has played 117 games for The Bees in all competitions, 101 of them in the league.
He has played Brentford’s last eight games, which have produced five wins and a draw, after missing the previous five following a red card against Birmingham City which meant he lost his place.
Mark Warburton added: “Recently, following a red card against Birmingham, Tony suffered the disappointment of not being selected for four or five games.
“During this period he once again demonstrated his outstanding professionalism and he reacted by working even harder to force his way back in to the team.
“It was during this period that [Sporting Director] Frank McParland moved to offer him a new contract, which demonstrated our faith in his ability and character.
“This is a very good day for the Club and we look forward to watching Tony continue his fine form in the weeks and months ahead.”