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Compensation agreed for Luke Norris

2 January 2015

Brentford and Gillingham reach agreement over striker Luke Norris

Brentford have reached an undisclosed agreement with Gillingham after striker Luke Norris joined the Sky Bet League One side in the summer.
The 21-year-old turned down the offer of a new contract at Brentford to sign for Gillingham in the close season.
Brentford were entitled to compensation due to Luke’s age and a deal has now been agreed.
The striker joined Brentford in 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 instead chose to sign for Gillingham and has scored four goals in 23 appearances for the Kent side so far.
Ose Aibangee, Brentford FC Academy Director, said: “We were pleased we could come to an agreement with Gillingham without needing to go to tribunal.
“Both sides have agreed not to disclose it but I can tell Brentford fans that we are happy that we will be adequately compensated if Luke continues to develop.
“Everyone at the Club would like to wish Luke all the best for his future career.
“He is now proving his worth at League One level, having done so in League Two last season.
“We respected his decision to leave, although we wanted him to stay, and he is getting his chance in the First Team 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.

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