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“This is a place on the up”

Luke Daniels gives his first iFollow Brentford interview after joining earlier this week

25 May 2017

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New Brentford goalkeeper Luke Daniels is looking forward to getting started at Griffin Park and said that it was the club’s ambition that sold him on a three-year deal with The Bees.

The 29-year-old was a key part of the Scunthorpe United team that finished third in Sky Bet League One last season before being beaten by Millwall in the Play-Offs, making more than 100 appearances in two-and-a-half seasons at Glanford Park. Speaking to iFollow after joining, Luke admitted it was a difficult decision to move on but said that The Bees’ Premier League ambitions were too good to turn down.

“I have been welcomed really well by everyone that I have spoken to from the club,” said Luke. “It seems like this is a place on the up and I am looking forward to getting started. From everyone that I have spoken to this is a place where they are not settling on being a solid Championship club: they want to push for the Play-Offs and push for the Premier League which is fantastic. It is a great thing to be a part of. It was difficult to move on but at the end of the day coming here is fantastic. I had a good chat with the manager at the end of the season and we both explained where we thought we were heading. It is difficult to leave but I go with nothing but positive thoughts from Scunthorpe United.”

Luke joins Daniel Bentley and Jack Bonham in the fight for the number one shirt at Griffin Park, having played with the former during a loan spell at Southend United earlier on in his career. The six foot four stopper believes that the competition between the three goalkeepers can only be a good thing for all the players involved and for the club.

“I want to play: I am not coming here to sit on the bench,” said Luke. “I am a bad loser and I don’t like conceding goals. That is one thing that I can guarantee: I will always do my best to keep the ball out of the net. I know Daniel Bentley from when we were at Southend United together. I know him well and I know that he is a very good goalkeeper but I am coming to take his job hopefully. We are both going to be pushing which will be good for the club. The more competition that you have for places then the better. If someone is playing in a team in front of me then they must be playing very well and that is only going to help Brentford.”

The Bolton-born goalkeeper spent nine years with West Bromwich Albion before his move to Scunthorpe in January 2015. During his time at The Hawthorne’s he made just three first-team appearances and was sent out on loan eight times. With no goalkeeper keeping more clean sheets in League One over the last two season than Luke, he feels he has proved himself in the third tier and now wants to test himself a league higher up the ladder.

“Sometimes you have to take a step back to get up to where you need to be,” admitted Luke. “I took a step back in a way to Scunthorpe United where I played a lot of football and I am pleased to be here now and hopefully get a chance to play in the Championship. I was at Scunthorpe for two-and-a-half years but before when I was at West Bromwich Albion I was moving around a lot. It is good to come, be settled, and put a fight up for the shirt. A lot of the time you have to prove things. No matter how good you are, you have to show what you can do. When I went to Scunthorpe we were teetering over the relegation zone and we missed out on automatic promotion by a few points this year. The progress has been there and I feel like I have been a part of that.”

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