Summer signing Kamo Mokotjo is looking forward to the challenge of helping Brentford fight for promotion after joining from FC Twente earlier this summer.
The 26-year-old midfielder became The Bees third summer arrival when he joined on a three-year deal a fortnight ago. The South African international has been a long-term target for The Bees and said it was a relief to finally get the move over the line.
“It feels great because I have waited for a long-time,” said Kamo, speaking to the media on Tuesday. “The first transfer was meant to go through two years ago but never did. It’s finally gone through now and I can focus on fighting for promotion. I know a lot about their style of football and the way that they recruit players. I think everything about this club is unique and suits me as a player. For me it is a challenge, but a good one. I am looking forward to helping the team reach their ambitions this season.”
After leaving South Africa aged 18, Kamo has played his whole career in Holland for Feyenoord, Excelsior, PEC Zwolle, and FC Twente. Kamo said the difference in intensity between the Dutch and English game has been the major thing that has stood out for him so far.
“From what I have experienced now the intensity of the training sessions is much higher than in Holland,” said Kamo. “In Holland you do a lot with the ball but the intensity is not that high. At Brentford we do a lot with the ball but the intensity is much higher. I have to adapt to that and I have to adapt as soon as possible because the league is about to open. I look forward to being in a team that dominates on the ball, that puts high pressure, and reacts quickly. For me I think this is the best move.”
Having spent the week with his new teammates in France, Kamo has been impressed with what he has seen so far. With the Play-Offs and promotion an ambition for The Bees this season, after three straight top ten finishes, Kamo said nothing he’s seen so far has suggested that can’t be achieved.
“Our ambition is to challenge and go for a Play-Off spot,” said Kamo. “That is the plan and we are all on board. As long as we have that in the back of our minds then it is possible. I feel that we have a good young squad which is very motivated. They have been at the club for a while and they know what is expected. I have to adapt if I want to fit in. It is very possible with the players that we have to get promotion this season. I want to go all in from the beginning. I want to play as many games as possible and adapt quickly. I will be ready when the season starts.”