Brentford have completed the signing of central defender Ethan Pinnock from Barnsley for an undisclosed fee. The 26-year-old London-born defender completed a medical earlier today, Tuesday 2 July, and signed a three-year deal. There is a Club option for an extra year. He will link up with The Bees this week and is available for the pre-season friendly against AFC Wimbledon on Friday ahead of the training camp in Austria that begins on Saturday.
Ethan spent two years at Barnsley, having got there via Forest Green Rovers – who he helped win promotion to the EFL for the first time – and Dulwich Hamlet. He played 12 Sky Bet Championship games for the Yorkshire outfit in his first year there but established himself last season. Ethan played every League One game in 2018/19 as Barnsley won promotion back to the second tier.
Thomas Frank, Brentford FC Head Coach, said: “Ethan is a good defender with the sort of defensive mindset we want to bring in to the Club. We like his aerial dominance and he is good at set pieces in both penalty areas. He has a good left foot and has the courage and composure to move the ball forward and find passes that we want to play.
“His path in the game has been unusual and every time he has made the next step he has not only proved himself, he has reached the top at that level. We are sure he will step up again in the Championship and do very well. He has a top character and a top mentality and will fit in to our squad on and off the pitch.”
Phil Giles, Co-Director of Football, said: "The centre back position is an area we clearly needed to strengthen this summer, since both Chris Mepham and Yoann Barbet have left the Club in the last six months without replacement. Ethan fits the bill perfectly and follows a long tradition of good players who have chosen to join Brentford from League One and League Two. We welcome him to the Club and wish him every success".
Ethan came through the youth ranks at Dulwich Hamlet and made his First Team debut when he was just 16. He helped them out of the Ryman League Southern Division in 2013 and played more than 200 games for his first club before leaving for Forest Green. He had just one year in Gloucestershire before moving on again. His second season at Barnsley was a great success as he helped them finish second in the table and secure promotion. He was also named Barnsley Player of the Year and earned a spot in the PFA League One Team of the Season.