Brentford Football Club can confirm the signing of Tristan Crama from French side Béziers on a two-year contract with a further option of a one-year extension, subject to international clearance.
The 18-year-old, who has been playing first team football at a young age in Southern France, has been part of the Béziers youth setup at under-19 level before progressing onto the club’s B team before featuring for the senior side.
Last season Béziers played in the Championnat National but were relegated by just one point as the season was brought to an early close due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tristan’s last competitive fixture for Béziers came at the beginning of March this year when he helped the side to a 2-0 win over Avranches.
The youngster will add further strength to Neil MacFarlane’s squad ahead of the new campaign as he becomes the fifth acquisition of the summer, joining the likes of Mads Bidstrup, Ben Hockenhull, Wraynel Hercules and Fin Stevens.
Discussing his latest signing, Neil says he is delighted that Tristan has joined Brentford B for the new campaign.
He explained: “Tristan will be a brilliant addition to the squad. He’s played first team football at a very young age, which is something we’re beginning to see in terms of the players that we’re recruiting. He’s a very tall and strong centre back who can also play right across the back line. I’ve also seen him play in a back three, so he brings a great deal of flexibility with his ability to step into midfield at times. It’s a brilliant acquisition.
“He’s been playing with Béziers, which is where we’ve continually watched him, and we’ve had some really good reports on him. When we’ve knuckled down to watch Tristan, we’ve seen that he’s a competent centre back with really good mobility and also suits the style of play to bring the ball out from the back.”
With competition for places likely to be high in central defence next season with the likes of Hockenhull as well as Kane O’Connor and Aubrel Koutsimouka all pushing for more minutes, Neil believes that will help every player as they continue to develop.
He continued: “We want to keep on improving in every single moment, every single day and every single year, so there’s competition for places which is the way it should be. It should be a competition, not just to be in and around the first team, but to get a game for us as well.”