Brentford goalkeeper Luke Daniels has extended his stay at Griffin Park. The experienced custodian signed a new contract today, Saturday 4 January, ahead of Brentford’s Emirates FA Cup tie against Stoke City. Luke is now under contract at Griffin Park until the end of the 2020/21 season and there is a Club option for an extra year.
Luke joined Brentford from Scunthorpe United on a free transfer in the summer of 2017. He signed a three-year contract when he arrived in West London but has now extended that for an additional year, plus maybe one more. He has played 25 games for Brentford in two-and-a-half seasons in West London. He played 13 times in the Sky Bet Championship and has been a regular in Brentford’s cup ties in his time with the Club. He has been on the substitute’s bench for every Championship game this term with David Raya ever-present in goal for The Bees.
Thomas Frank, Brentford FC Head Coach, said: “I am very pleased that Luke has signed an extension to his contract with us. It will be great have him with us for at least another 18 months. He brings an awful lot to the Club and it is good news for all of us that he will continue to help us in an important period.
“Luke is a top goalkeeper, he pushes David Raya every single day in training and one of the reasons that David has had such a good season is the way that Luke both tests him and helps him in training and on match days. Luke is also one of our leaders. Both in the dressing room and on the training pitch he shows the experience he has and is constantly demanding the best from those around him. That has been a big factor for us this season.
“Luke brings a lot of experience of English football to the group as well. He knows what it is like to play in this country and to play in this division. He knows the unique challenges and culture of the league and the sort of schedule we have had over the past few weeks and that is invaluable to us. I am very pleased that he will be staying with us and I hope we will have a lot of success together in the coming months and years.”
Luke was on the books of Manchester United as a youngster but turned professional at West Bromwich Albion in 2006. He had a series of loan spells during his time with The Baggies including a season with Shrewsbury Town, helping them to the League Two Play-Off Final, and one with Tranmere Rovers. Luke played for Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership and also Southend United.
Luke played one Premier League game for West Brom before leaving for Scunthorpe in January 2015. He spent two-and-a-half years with the Lincolnshire side and played a key role in helping them reach the Sky Bet League One Play-Offs this season. Luke earned international honours earlier in his career and played for England at Under-18 and Under-19 level, winning three caps in total.