Brentford attacker Romaine Sawyers thanked his teammates and the coaching staff at Griffin Park for their support as he reflected on his debut season with The Bees.
The 25-year-old, a summer arrival from Walsall, took his time to get going in West London after his move from the Sky Bet League One side. However, as the season wore on Romaine began to churn out a series of impressive performances as The Bees ended the season on a real high.
Speaking to Bees Player at Sunday’s Player of the Year award’s dinner, Romaine said: “ I have had my ups and my downs. I think that I started the season off slowly but the teammates and management have been around me and that has helped me show what I am really about in the last couple of months. The boys have really helped. They were pushing me every day in training. They see me more than once a week with training so they can tell a bit more what you are about. The confidence that they had in me showed that I must have some sort of talent and that pushed me on. I have found my feet now and it is just about keeping up that momentum and pushing into next season.”
Romaine’s first goal in Brentford colours came in the 2-0 win against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road back in October. Coming a week after sections of the support cheered his substitution at Griffin Park against Barnsley, the St Kitts and Nevis international admitted the win over The R’s was without doubt the highpoint of his campaign.
“Everyone knows the answer to that it would be the QPR game,” said Romaine, when asked about his best memories of the season. “To beat your local rivals and for me to get my first goal was massive. There was a lot of meaning behind it because of what happened the week before against Barnsley. I wouldn’t say I thought about it too much because I have always had the confidence and belief of my teammates. I understand where they were coming from: I am not a child who needs to be wrapped up in cotton wool. Nobody is going to be a bigger critic of me than myself. The manager kept faith in me, like he has done in the past, and I appreciated that.”
The Bees ended the campaign with eight wins from their final 15 matches to secure a third consecutive top-ten finish in the second tier. Having finished so well, and with the scalps of Brighton and Hove Albion, Reading, Sheffield Wednesday, and Leeds United to their name, Romaine said that there is a lot of belief in the dressing room that next season could be a special season.
“Managers have said that we were the hardest team to play against this season,” said Romaine. “Before Sunday we had scored 11 at home and conceded one. That shows that what we are trying to do is working. If we can take that into next season it will be great. Our performance against Newcastle United at home and Brighton and Hove Albion, home and away, show that we can perform against the teams that we need to if we want to go anywhere in this league. Now that we have that belief and know that we can do, hopefully we can keep pushing next year. I think there is a lot more to come. We have shown a lot of signs about it this year and the biggest word for us is consistency. Once we show that then we really show everybody how good of a team we are.”