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Bradley Clayton keen to prove himself after signing new deal

28 April 2017

Brentford B attacker agrees new one-year contract at Griffin Park

Bradley Clayton is looking forward to coming back from injury and proving himself after agreeing a new one-year contract with Kevin O’Connor’s B Team at Griffin Park. Injuries have restricted the 19-year-old to just 19 appearances for Brentford B this season but Bradley hopes to return fit and firing next season to show what he can do.

“I am very pleased to be here for another year,” Bradley told Bees Player after signing his new deal. “I am trying to work my way into the first-team so it is more progress. I have had quite a few injuries, including breaking my foot which was the lengthiest of those, so I am happy to get another season to show what I can do. I’ve been trying to keep going and improving the aspects that I can. I’ve been trying to improve what I can and the contract is the bonus.”

Bradley was involved in a pair of first-team friendlies last summer against Boreham Wood and 1.FC Kaiserslautern to give him his first taste of first-team football. That first experience of the first-team set-up has left Bradley keen for more and he hopes he can force his way into Dean Smith’s plans this summer.

“Rob Rowan and Kevin O’Connor said they were happy with how things were going before I got injured and this shows that they were pleased,” said Dean. “I just want to get a chance to play and show them what I can do. I enjoyed being in the first-team set-up. It is what I want and it is my goal at the end of the day. When you have a little taste you want more. I want to try and come back as fit as possible and hopefully get in some friendlies and prove myself.”

Bradley has been at the club since he was nine and is now entering his second decade at the club. The attacker believes that he has come a long way with the club in that time and feels that Kevin O’Connor is the right man to help him make that final jump into the first-team set-up. 

“The atmosphere has always been really positive around the club,” said Bradley. “I joined when we were League Two so I have seen it grow incredibly since then. It has always improved so there’s no reason not to stay. The standard of coaching that has come in has improved every year so I have just tried to keep up with that. Kevin O’Connor has great experience of the game and is very driven. He wants everyone to do the best that they can do to have someone there is very helpful.”

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