Brentford B midfielder Arthur Read has joined Sky Bet League Two side Stevenage on a season-long loan deal.
Arthur, 20, spent last season as part of Neil MacFarlane’s Brentford B, playing 30 times, netting on five occasions, and making three assists as the side played fixtures across Europe in the likes of Spain, Portugal and Cyprus.
The young midfielder has also been ever-present in Brentford B’s pre-season campaign in previous weeks, featuring recently against Swindon Town before helping the side to an impressive 1-0 win against a strong Crystal Palace XI.
Arthur will make the temporary move to The Lamex Stadium to work under Alex Revell as the side prepare for their league opener away from home to newly promoted Barrow. The side then have upcoming fixtures against Oldham Athletic and Southampton Under-21s in The EFL Trophy.
Arthur’s loan does have an option of a recall to Brentford which can be activated from the beginning of January 2021.
Discussing Arthur’s loan to Stevenage, Brentford B Head Coach Neil MacFarlane said: “Arthur has come back to us in really good condition following the period that we had off due to the pandemic. He’s had a number of weeks with us in an intense pre-season and he’s had four games so he’s in a good position to go to Stevenage and do well.
“He’s a fantastic footballer, who handles the ball brilliantly, which we saw recently at Crystal Palace. I’m confident that he will go and do well and I have a real trust in Arthur in that respect.
“He’s 20, he’s a good age, so we feel that the time is right for him to go and experience League football. He’s been with the B team now for a year and he now has the opportunity to play League football, to express himself, and impress in a different environment."
Arthur becomes the second Brentford B player to step out on loan to play in the Football League this season with Jaakko Oksanen joining AFC Wimbledon for a temporary spell. Neil believes the Brentford B setup is being recognised for the way it is producing players capable to go and play First Team football.
He continued: “I think it’s brilliant for the B Team setup because our job is to develop young footballers. Of course, the end game is to get them into our First Team, but in the meantime, we want to be pushing them to a level of performance that we’ve seen recently against Crystal Palace. It’s also important that we assess the right time for the players to go out and play League football. It provides a different type of experience for the players and will help them in their development.”