Striker begins life as a professional footballer after completing A-levels.
Bradley Clayton will now swap the classroom for the training pitch full-time as he signed his first professional contract this week. He was offered a two-year contract after starring in Brentford’s Youth Team in 2014/15, scoring 15 goals in 22 appearances.
“It feels good,” said Bradley, speaking to Bees Player. “This is what you work towards, the moment that you dream of but you have to make sure you keep progressing.“
Unlike the majority of his peers in last season’s Youth Team, the 18-year-old striker was not a scholar but took the combined approached of football and further education, and completed his A-levels this month.
“Looking back now it was the best option for me,” said Bradley. “It’s been hectic; we get a month off but I finished my exams a couple of days ago and we’re back in training in a few days. It’s been hard work but I’m glad I’ve done it now.”
“I made sure I always went back to my teachers to make sure I kept all the schoolwork up to date so that I could spend a proportion of my time really focusing on football. “
Bradley, who has been with the Club from the age of nine, described that last season as going “a lot better” than expected, saying “I set myself a target of ten goals, get into double figures; to exceed that was brilliant.”
You can view the full interview with Bradley on Bees Player now.