Alan Judge speaks about his new deal in red and white
Alan Judge is feeling positive about his decision to sign a new deal with Brentford and is looking forward to playing a full part in the team again. The 28-year-old sat down with Bees Player on Wednesday afternoon to talk about his new two-year contract at Griffin Park.
"I'm delighted," said Alan. "I just want to get back playing and my future's sorted now. My family is happy here, I've been happy here and I think most people know that. Hopefully they know that by the way I play so yes, I'm very happy."
The Irish attacker has been recovering from a broken leg he suffered against Ipswich Town in April last year. Almost 12 months down the line, he is confident of getting back up to full speed with The Bees.
"I think I've been training with them for the last two months nearly," said Alan. "It's coming up to two months now in non-contact. It's getting a bit harder on the contact side, I've taken a few tackles I maybe shouldn't have, but it's coming along good.
"What I've found out with this injury is that it just takes time, there's no point setting time limits because if you don't meet them then you get annoyed. I'm happy where I am at the moment and each week I can see improvements."
The question on every Brentford fan's lips this season has been whether or not the Dubliner will make a return to action before the summer. Alan isn't ruling anything out.
"I wouldn't want to say yes or no," said Alan. "I've got a scan coming up in the next week or so and we'll see what the results say from that. I'll sit down with the physios here and we'll talk to see if it will be worth it.
"Generally it comes down to if I feel good, and if they think I've looked good and I'm not hiding away from anything then sure, why not? But I'm not going to rush myself. If I have to wait for next season, at least I know I'm coming back completely ready."
Alan gave thanks to the various members of both playing and coaching staff around him at the Club. He admitted that it helped to have players around him that have experienced the same sort of problems, including fellow Irish international John Egan.
"As I've said before, it was good having John here," said Alan. "John's gone through the injury I've gone through and you see John came back. You go through times when you think 'am I going to come back?' because you see yourself not even walking properly.
"Then gradually you go from doing ten minute sessions outside to now doing full 90 minute sessions outside so it just shows how much that it's mentally there, you just have to get on with it and get going.
"With Scott [Hogan], he went through a period and I think I'm going through the same thing where he didn't come to see the lads play games. That's not because he didn't want to it's just that you find yourself getting more frustrated. I'm not going to lie and say I've been to every game, I think I've come to one or two games this year because I find I get frustrated when I go to the side. I'd rather just watch at home and I mostly watch our games from my laptop at home. I've been looking forward to getting back on the pitch with them."
Alan also touched on his hopes for the team next season, making it clear that he wants the side to push on from the start of next term.
"I think this year, more than ever, it is vitally important we keep hold of this team," said Alan. "I think it's time that we go for it.
"I can understand players when big moves come in, I've been part of that kind of sequence myself but I think next year might be time to go for it. Jota's come back in fine form, Sergi's come back and loves it here, he's doing well. We've got a good base, maybe one or two additions and we'll see how we go."
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