Young defender leaves Griffin Park
Left back Callum Elder has been recalled by parent club Leicester City. The Australian youth international joined Brentford on loan in the summer. The season-long loan deal had a break clause during the January Transfer Window and Leicester have exercised the option to take him back to the East Midlands. The 22-year-old has returned to the Premier League champions immediately and they have loaned him to Barnsley.
Callum came through the youth ranks at Leicester, turning professional when he was 18. The Sydney-born defender made his professional debut during a half-season loan spell at Mansfield Town in 2015. He then spent the first half of last season on loan at Peterborough United, scoring his first professional goal and playing 18 Sky Bet League One matches. He has played once for Australia at Under-20 level.
Callum made his first Brentford appearance in the pre-season friendly against Millwall and his competitive debut followed on the first day of the Sky Bet Championship season against Huddersfield Town. He started the first six games of the Championship season before picking up an injury against Brighton and Hove Albion. That ruled him out for more than three months and he returned to training early in 2017. He leaves The Bees having made six appearances, all in the league.
Phil Giles, Brentford FC Co-Director of Football, said: "On behalf of everyone at Brentford I'd like to thank Callum for coming to the Club and playing for us during the early part of the season. He has been very unlucky to get injured and therefore not play anywhere near the number of games that we thought he would. When the opportunity to sign Rico Henry came around last August, we felt we were well covered to be able to sign Rico despite his injury. However, with Rico now nearing match fitness, it makes sense for Callum to find somewhere to get more games than we could now offer here."
Dean Smith, Brentford FC Head Coach, said: "I would like to express my thanks to Callum for his efforts during his time here at Brentford. He was very unfortunate to get injured early in his loan spell, away at Brighton, which limited his appearances with us. He came with a lot of potential and had adjusted really well to the demands of the Championship. He was a pleasure to work with and had an attitude to match his ability, I wish him well for the future."