B Team defender signs new deal until 2019
Brentford B defender Chris Mepham has signed a new contract, extending his stay at the Club for a further two years. The 19-year-old turned professional last summer at the end of his scholarship. The teenage centre back signed the new deal today, Friday 6 January, and is now under contract at Griffin Park until the end of the 2018/19 season.
Chris joined Brentford early in 2014 as an Under-16 player and turned full-time a few months later after earning a scholarship. He earned a first professional contract last season and has been a regular in the Brentford B line-up this season. Chris has played 20 games and scored two goals, both against Manchester United at Griffin Park. He also featured regularly for the First Team during pre-season after being part of the squad for Sky Bet Championship games last season, albeit he has not yet been named in a match-day XVIII.
Rob Rowan, Brentford FC Head of Football Operations, said: "I'm delighted that Chris has agreed to extend his contract with us until 2019. Chris is someone who trains extremely hard every day whilst consistently performing at a high level during games. Chris is very much a 'modern day' central defender, he's calm in possession and will break lines with his passing whilst on a defensive front he reads the game early and anticipates attacks quickly. It's important that Chris maintains his willingness and determination to improve his game as he has potential to be a very good central defender for Brentford FC."
Chris has a family connection with Brentford, his uncle was on the Club’s books during the 1960s. He has progressed through the ranks since he joined, playing for the Under-21 team when he was just 17. He racked up 21 appearances at that level before he turned professional and played in three of Brentford’s First Team pre-season friendlies before the start of the current campaign.