Brentford’s Danish international defender Henrik Dalsgaard has signed a new contract. The 30-year-old record breaker put pen to paper on a new deal today, Friday 29 November. The contract – a one-year extension – is set to run until the end of the 2020/21 season.
The extension comes just days after Henrik broke a long-standing Club Record. When he was selected to play for Denmark against Republic of Ireland in Dublin last Monday, he earned his 25th cap for his country and the 21st he has won since he joined Brentford in the summer of 2017. No player has played more full international matches while with The Bees. Four of those caps came during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia when Henrik became the first player under contract at Brentford to play in the tournament.
Since joining The Bees from Belgian side Sportvereniging Zulte Waregem in the summer of 2017, Henrik has played 94 games in all competitions and scored three goals. He has featured in 86 Sky Bet Championship games, starting all of them, and has played every minute of Brentford’s season so far. He also helped Denmark qualify for the 2020 UEFA European Championships.
Thomas Frank, Brentford FC Head Coach, said: “I am very pleased that Henrik has agreed a new contract. He is a very important part of what we are doing here, and it is great that he is continuing on the Club’s journey as we progress. His performances this season have been excellent, and he has been one of our best players this season. He is also one of the key people in the dressing room and makes others better with his personality and communication.
“Henrik is one of our more experienced players, but he is still adding to his game. It is great for me to see as a coach that someone who has played hundreds of games, dozens of internationals and in a World Cup can still add layers to his game. This is great news for the Club.”
Rasmus Ankersen, Co-Director of Football, added: “Henrik has developed into a big leader in the dressing room. His performances this season have impressed us, and with his robustness and athleticism he is a great fit for a tough league like the Championship. We look forward to Henrik being part of our setup for next season too.”
Henrik worked his way up through the Danish leagues before signing for AaB Fodbold. He joined the Danish Superliga side, better known as AaB, in 2009 and played more than 150 league games for the Aalborg based club. He won a league title and a Danish cup when with AaB and earned Under-20 and Under-21 caps for his country. Henrik left Denmark in late 2015 and moved to Zulte Waregem on a free transfer. He won the Belgian cup with Zulte before his switch to West London.