Goalkeeper back at Griffin Park after impressing at The Beveree
Brentford goalkeeper Mark Smith has returned from his loan spell at Hampton and Richmond Borough. The 19-year-old – who signed a new one-year contract in the summer – has been with the Ryman Premier League since late October. His loan deal expired on Monday, 21 December, and has not been extended. Mark played 11 games during his loan and Hampton won eight of them, including the last five in a row, with the goalkeeper keeping two clean sheets and conceding just 11 goals.
Mark signed a one-year Development Squad contract in 2014 after a successful trial following his release from Queens Park Rangers. He had loan spells at Hitchin Town and Hampton – where he played 22 games and won two Player of the Month awards – last term and played eight games for Brentford’s Development Squad in the Under-21 Professional Development League.
The stopper was offered a new one-year deal by The Bees at the end of 2014/15, promoted to the First Team group and given a squad number for the current campaign. He has been an unused substitute on two occasions this season and played a further five games for the Development Squad.