Defender signs two year contract extension
Long-serving central defender Harlee Dean has signed a new contract, extending his stay at Brentford for a further two years. The 24-year-old, who has been with The Bees for four-and-a-half years and has played almost 200 games, was due to be out of contract at the end of the current season, June 2016, but has now signed a new deal. Earlier today, Tuesday 16 February, he committed his future to Brentford for two more seasons and his new deal will expire in June 2018.
Dean Smith, Brentford FC Head Coach, said: “I am really pleased that Harlee has committed himself to the Club. It gives us all a great boost as he has been an integral part of the success on the playing field over the last couple of years.
“We can all forget very quickly that he is still a young player who has further scope for improvement and he has shown that he wants to develop further both as a player and as a leader. I am looking forward to working with him for the foreseeable future.”
Phil Giles, Brentford FC Co-Director of Football, added: "Negotiations with Harlee have been ongoing for a while, but always there was a desire from both Harlee and the Club to find a contract that worked for all parties. I'm delighted that we have now been able to finalise an agreement and can look forward to seeing Harlee continuing to give his all for Brentford, as he has always done."
The central defender initially joined The Bees on loan from Southampton in November 2011 and became a regular at the heart of Brentford’s back line, signing permanently at the end of that season. Harlee passed 50 games for Brentford in November 2012 and captained The Bees for the first time in a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie against Southend United in December 2012. He played 56 games in his first full season, a campaign which culminated in a goal at Wembley in the League One Play-Off Final, and signed a new three-year contract in July 2013.
Harlee – who started out at Dagenham and Redbridge and had spells on loan at Redbridge, Bishop’s Stortford, Thurrock, Braintree Town and Grays Athletic before joining Southampton in the summer of 2010 – made his 100th Football League appearance for The Bees during the 2013/14 promotion-winning season. He cemented his place in Brentford’s Sky Bet Championship defence last season and has started all but one of the league games he has been available for in the past 11 months. The defender has played 184 games for The Bees in all competitions, scoring seven goals, and should pass the 200 mark later this year. He has played 164 Football League games for the Club, scoring five times.