Youngster reflects on extending Brentford stay until 2020
Josh Clarke believes that his hard work is paying off after he signed a two-year contract extension with The Bees earlier today. The 22-year-old has been a key element of Dean Smith’s plans so far this campaign, making 22 appearances in all competitions, after breaking through at the back end of last season.
Speaking after signing his contract earlier today, Josh said: “I was delighted when I heard. So far this season I have been playing well so when I was told that I was getting a new deal I was delighted. They said that I have been doing well on and off the pitch and I have to continue to work hard. Hard work pays off.”
The Academy graduate has been used in both attacking and defensive roles on the right hand side so far this season. Josh revealed that he is working hard on the defensive side of his game, and learning from those around him, as he continues to adapt to the demands of Sky Bet Championship football.
“I am playing a bit of both with right back and right wing so I think I need to work on the defensive side of my game and my heading,” said Josh. “I am still learning and the main thing is that I take on the information. I have been happy playing games week in week out and now it is about trying to adapt to this level. People like Maxime Colin are older and more experienced and good to learn from. We can also try and push them by working hard and fighting for their spot. There is competition for every position.”
The youngster joined The Bees in 2011 from the equivalent of park football level. After six years with the club, Josh said he really feels part of the family atmosphere within the dressing room at Griffin Park.
“It is a good group here,” said Josh. “We are like family and we are all really close. I have been here for a long time and the main thing is that I am still here. You just have to adapt to the changes and the situation. You just have to carry on working no matter what happens inside or outside the club.”