Development Squad winger thinks places are up for grabs as Marinus Dijkhuizen takes charge at Brentford
Courtney Senior believes that the opportunity is there to secure a first-team place this pre-season as The Bees return to training this week.
The 17-year-old signed a new two-year Development Squad deal last week after completing his scholarship at Jersey Road.
Speaking to Bees Player after signing Courtney said that with a new Head Coach, Marinus Dijkhuizen, taking his first look at the players this week the chance is there for everybody to impress the new man and push for a first-team spot.
“The manager won’t know all of the players yet so if I can catch his eye as soon as possible it will be a lot easier for me to get into the First-Team,” said Courtney. “I 100 per cent have to hit the ground running when the season starts. I can’t take my foot off the pedal.
“The First-Team have gone from League One to the Championship and nearly made it to the Premier League so it is really exciting to be here. They did really well and that gives us a good opportunity to play in the First-Team.”
Courtney spent most of last season playing Development Squad rather than Youth Team football making 13 appearances for Lee Carsley’s side and ten for the Under-18s.
The winger thinks that experience will help him adjust to full-time life in the Development Squad this season as he looks to push on towards the First-Team.
“I will be much more comfortable this season in the Development Squad,” said Courtney. “I know the players well and I have played a lot of games with them so I will be more comfortable and settled in. When I was playing Lee Carsley and Ose Aibangee told me that I was doing really well in the games and they just wanted me to push on. It is a really good opportunity for me and a chance for me to push on. I had a decent season last season and hopefully I can have a better one this season.”
Last season also saw the speedy wideman make his Football League debut while on loan at Sky Bet League Two side Wycombe Wanderers.
Courtney said that was a good experience and learning curve for him and a route which, if he can’t play First-Team football with The Bees, he is very willing to go down again.
“It was a good experience going out on loan,” said Courtney. “I am still young and I had never been introduced to a crowd before so it was a really good experience. If I can’t play first-team football this season hopefully I can go on loan. I only played a few minutes last season at Wycombe so hopefully I can go and get some more games somewhere. I want to play a few more senior games to get my confidence and experience up.”Watch the full interview with Courtney below