Brentford defender previews Saturday’s trip to Portman Road
Rico Henry has praised his teammates for the way that they have helped him adapt to life in the Sky Bet Championship. The 19-year-old defender endured a tough start to life with The Bees after shoulder surgery kept him out of first-team action for his first five months at Griffin Park. However, he returned to make a winning debut against Sheffield Wednesday last Tuesday and followed that up with another three points against Rotherham United on Saturday.
Speaking to Bees Player about his start to life in West London, Rico said: “It has been good. The lads have made me feel welcome and that has shown in the results with two wins. Hopefully we can keep it going. All of the lads have been welcoming. It is always good when they are like that because it makes me more confident and makes me train better. It also helps me on the pitch as they are always talking to me as well.”
The England Youth International made nearly 50 appearances in Sky Bet League One with Walsall before his summer move. Rico admits he has found the physicality of the Championship a test but feels that he is getting better every day.
“The Championship is more physical and they have got me in the gym a lot more,” said Rico. “The training sessions are really intense and that helps a lot. It was difficult but I felt a lot better in the second game against Rotherham United and I am getting back into it. I always give it 100 per cent so hopefully I can keep doing that in the next couple of games and feel a lot better.”
Rico is in line to make his third start in red and white on Saturday as Brentford head to Suffolk to take on Ipswich Town. The defender is expecting a tough test at Portman Road but said that The Bees are going to concentrate on doing what they do best.
“Every game in the Championship is tough so we expect it to be tough,” said Rico. “They have the big lad Jordan Spence on the right-hand who like to attack. Hopefully I will be able to deal with him and deal with Ipswich as well. In shape today we were doing a lot of attacking and we just have to bring it to Ipswich.”