Brentford’s Danish youth international defender Luka Racic has committed his long-term future to the Club by signing a new contract.
Luka, 20, signed a new four-year deal today, Monday 21 October, which will run until the summer of 2023. Luka has also been officially promoted to the First Team group becoming the latest player from Brentford B to make the step up, and the third in the last six weeks after Patrik Gunnarsson and Jan Žambůrek.
Luka joined Brentford just over a year ago, signing for the B Team from FC Copenhagen. He came through the youth ranks at the Danish side and was involved in matchday squads when just 17. He also earned Danish youth international recognition before joining Brentford B last summer and continued as part of those squad since arriving in West London, playing 28 times for his country so far.
Luka quickly established himself in the Brentford B side and was given a squad number after just six months, named as a substitute for the Emirates FA Cup tie against Oxford United. He made his professional debut for The Bees as a substitute against Millwall in April and started for the first time on the last day of last season against Preston North End. Luka has made four further appearances this season, starting in two Sky Bet Championship games but injury has prevented him being involved since August.
Brentford FC Head Coach, Thomas Frank, said: “This is a perfect example of the strategy that we have with Brentford B. After a year with the B Team, Luka started training with us this summer and impressed from day one. We are very pleased that he has managed to develop his game this year and be integrated into the first-team squad. We really like him as a player. He is a very aggressive defender but also a clever defender and skilful with the ball. We have big belief in him and feel he has a very bright future.”
Brentford B Head Coach, Neil MacFarlane, said: “As the third player to make the step up in recent weeks, this is another very good news story for the B Team. Luka is a very good professional, both on and off the park, and someone who gives himself the best opportunity to perform every day. Hopefully, once he is back fully fit, we will see Luka work his way into the first-team squad and onto the pitch to play a prominent role in what we hope is a successful season for him, and for the club.”