Ollie Watkins wants to help Brentford achieve something great this season after joining The Bees on an initial four-year deal yesterday.
The 21-year-old, who was last season’s EFL Young Player of the Year, became Brentford’s fifth summer signing after swapping the red and white of Exeter for the red and white of West London. Ollie admitted it was tough to leave City after ten years at St James Park but said he is excited to get started at Brentford.
“I am delighted to be here,” Ollie told iFollow Brentford earlier. “Just walking around the training ground, the facilities are top notch and it all looks great. I have been introduced to all the lads and I am looking forward to getting started. It is a step up and I am looking forward to that step up. The facilities are a bit better and I can’t wait to get going. It was tough to leave Exeter City as it was all I’ve known. I’ve been there since I was a young lad and I’ve had great people support me and help me through my time there. At some point it had to come to an end, and that was yesterday, but now I am looking forward to starting at Brentford.”
The attacker ended last season with 16 goals and 13 assists in 52 games as The Grecians made the Sky Bet League Two Play-Offs. Following in the footsteps of players like Andre Gray and Scott Hogan who've made the step up to the Championship at Griffin Park, Ollie believes that Brentford is the perfect place for him to kick-on into the next stage of this career.
“I felt this summer was the next step in my career and I feel that this club is going to push me on, help me develop, and improve my game,” said Ollie. “I got a lot of games last year and I played consistently. That is what I needed and now I am ready for the next step. It is nice to be noticed by any team as it means that you are doing something right. I felt that Brentford was the right stage for me and I hope to play as many games as possible here to help the football team achieve something great this year.”
When asked what Brentford fans could expect from him, Ollie said: “I am direct. I like to create things and try to score goals and contribute assists. That is what I aim to bring to the team and touch wood I do that this year.”