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Get to Know: Shandon Baptiste

Learn more about the career of our Deadline Day addition

3 February 2020

Shandon Baptiste was unveiled as a Brentford player on Friday, joining on a four-and-a-half-year deal from Oxford United. Get to know more about our new 21-year-old midfielder below.

  • Shandon Hakeem Baptiste was born in Grenada on 8 April 1998 before moving to the UK as a three-year-old.
  • Shandon began with Reading’s Academy but left at the age of 17 and signed scholarship forms with Oxford United in September 2015. Despite missing the second half of the 2016/17 season through injury, Shandon was handed a six-month professional deal in August 2017.
  • His professional debut came later that month as a 71st minute substitute against Stevenage in the EFL Trophy. He made one more EFL Trophy appearance before being handed an 18-month contract extension at The Kassam Stadium.
  • That new contract was signed on the same day that the 19-year-old headed off on loan to National League South Hampton and Richmond Borough. Shandon went on to make 23 appearances in total for The Beavers, including playing all 120 minutes of their Play-Off final defeat on penalties to Braintree.
  • Back at Oxford, Shandon forced his way into The Us starting XI in the early months of the 2018/19 season, making 13 appearances before picking up another shoulder injury in October. The spell prior to that injury saw Shandon net his first goal which came against Newport County in the EFL Cup.

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  • Shandon returned from injury for Oxford’s Emirates FA Cup Third Round tie away at Brentford last January but picked up a serious knee injury just ten minutes after coming off the bench.
  • The 21-year-old returned to action in August as The Us knocked Millwall out in the EFL Cup Second Round. Alongside Friday’s other signing from Oxford United, Tariqe Fosu, Baptiste was on target in the next round as Oxford United dumped West Ham United out 4-0. In the Quarter-Final against Manchester City, Shandon was named United’s captain, playing 87 minutes of the 3-1 defeat.

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  • The midfielder netted his first Sky Bet League One goal on Boxing Day, his 36th minute strike settling United’s game at home to Lincoln City before hitting the headlines with a sublime individual effort as Oxford swept past Hartlepool United in the Third Round of the Emirates FA Cup.

  • At international level, Shandon has played three friendlies for Grenada, scoring his only international goal against Trinidad and Tobago. In September, he was named in the Grenada squad for the 2019/20 CONCACAF Nations League qualifiers but later declined the call-up to remain eligible for England.
  • In total, Shandon arrives at Brentford having made 43 appearances for Oxford United, scoring five goals.

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