Midfielder relishing the challenge of staying in the starting XI.
Brentford midfielder Sam Saunders signed a one-year contract extension this morning, which means the 32-year-old will remain in TW8 for at least another season. Speaking to Bees PlayerHD, the midfielder - who is the longest serving player in the squad - is looking forward to the task of being a First Team regular under new boss Dean Smith.
“I’m delighted again to be staying,” said Sam. “My eighth season as a Bee and unbelievable that I’ve been here this amount of time [and] still enjoying it.
“It’s been well publicised I nearly moved to America, which was something that was appealing, I’m not going to lie; for a lifestyle change and a new challenge, but having a new berth in the team and being involved again gave me the challenge again to try and keep the shirt and be involved with the boys.
“It gave me the buzz back that I was missing.”
Under Dean Smith, Saunders has featured regularly, and rewarded him with a goal against Leeds United last month, his first in a Brentford shirt for two years.
“Since the gaffer’s came in he’s given everyone a clean slate and said ‘train well, perform well, you’ll get your shirt’,” said Sam. “So that for me was a challenge in itself and one and I am thoroughly enjoying.”
Sam joined Brentford in 2009 and is now tantalisingly close to 200 games in a Bees shirt.
“My football career in general has been an absolute rollercoaster and it’s just about sticking through it,” said Sam. “A lot of people have knock backs and disappointments, and I’ve had a lot of good times as well.
“Throughout I’d like to think I’ve been the same throughout the Training Ground, working hard, and doing everything I can to be involved. It’s nice to have been given that chance and the fact I’ve looked after myself and give myself the best opportunity. I’ve tried to show what I can do and hopefully there’s more to come.”
Bees PlayerHD subscribers can watch the entire interview with Sam below: