Brentford’s new goalkeeper Luke Daniels believes he has settled into the group well as he adjusts to life in West London following his summer move from Scunthorpe United.
The 29-year-old moved south on a three-year deal in May after The Iron lost in the Sky Bet League One Play-Off semi-final. After a relaxing summer back with his family in the North West, Luke returned to training at Jersey Road last week and has been pleased with how things have gone so far.
“I have settled in really well,” said Luke, speaking to the media at Jersey Road this afternoon. “It has been a tough couple of weeks but it has been really enjoyable. The lads have been great and I am really pleased to be here. Pre-season is a lot more scientific than it used to be. There is a lot of specific work but it is still really tough. No matter how much you do in the off-season it is still a shock to the system when you come back.”
Stepping up a division, Luke has been impressed with the facilities and set-up at Jersey Road with Dean Smith’s men looking to improve on a 10th place finish last campaign. The former England youth international feels that everything he has seen so far shows him that the club can do well at the higher end of the division.
“It is going to be very difficult but ever since I met the manager and the staff there has only ever been one aim and that is to compete at the top end of the table,” said Luke. “It will be a great challenge as a group to do better than what we have done previously. The set-up here has everything you need to achieve your goals. It is down to the players to go out and use what has been given to us to get there.”
Luke was a regular between the posts for Scunthorpe United during his two-and-a-half seasons in Lincolnshire but now has to battle Daniel Bentley for the number one shirt at Griffin Park. Luke feels that having two players going all out for one spot can only improve the pair and, at the same time, help the team.
“We get on really well but we both understand the fact that only one of us is going to play on a Saturday,” said Luke, speaking about his relationship with Daniel. “We both want to be in the team. It’s friendly but there is a competition there. The way that I see it is that I give it my best and he gives it his best then it will be the best for everyone and we will achieve what we want to achieve at some stage. There’s no point being awkward or funny about it, we just have to get on with it.”