Herson Rodrigues Alves admitted leaving Brentford for the last time was an emotional experience but vowed to work hard and climb his way back in to the professional game. The Brentford B attacker left the Club when the close season started last month and will be officially released when his contract expires on 30 June. The 21-year-old has been signed to Brentford for six years and was around the Club for two before that but has a deal in place with National League Side Maidenhead United for the 2018/19 season.
Herson said that deal would give him a chance to work his way back up and said he knew it would possible to get back in to the professional ranks. He signed professional in 2015, soon after he turned 18, and has been part of the Brentford B group since its formation in 2016. Herson leaves having played 57 games for Brentford B and scored 17 goals, making him the second all-time leading scorer for Kevin O’Connor’s side.
“It’s an emotional day,” said Herson. “I have been here eight years and I know Brentford inside out. For this to be my last day, is emotional. It is always difficult to hear that you will be leaving but that is football. Sometimes you have to expect that things go against you. I have to carry on and work hard next year.
“I will play for Maidenhead next year. I will be playing men’s football in the National League. That is what I have wanted to do for a few years. I will prove myself, play against men every week and you never know what will happen. I want to go down, play every week and come back up. It is possible and it is up to me. I have to work hard.”
Herson ended his Brentford career on a high. He captained Brentford B as they beat a Manchester City side at Griffin Park last month and scored the first goal. He admitted it was a great way to finish his time with The Bees.
“I haven’t had a chance to play at Griffin Park often but when I have I have got something out of it,” he said. “To play one more time was good for me. The Manchester City game was a great way to bow out. I have captained the team for the second half of the season and to do that on my last appearance was special.
“It has been a very good eight years. There have been ups and downs but I have been happy. I have met a lot of people that I keep in touch with, a lot of very good people. I have a lot of good memories.”