Brentford Captain Pontus Jansson has signed a new contract. The imposing central defender put pen to paper on a new deal earlier today, Friday 14 January. The contract is a one-year extension and Pontus’ deal will now run until the end of the 2022/23 season.
Pontus, who will be 31 next month, has been ever-present at the heart of Brentford’s defence in the Premier League this season. He has captained The Bees to six wins in 20 matches in the Club’s first top-flight season since 1947. Pontus also lifted the trophy when Brentford won promotion with victory in the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final last May.
Thomas Frank, Brentford FC Head Coach, said: “I am very pleased that Pontus has signed a new contract. He has been a big part of the success we have had over the last three years. He has been important to our defensive improvement in the last three seasons.
“Pontus has done well for us in the Premier League, and we are all pleased that he will be with us next season. His leadership and communication in defensive situations and his positioning are very important for us.”
Pontus joined Brentford from Leeds United in the summer of 2019. He spent three years with the Yorkshire outfit after arriving, initially on loan, from Italian side Torino. Pontus started his professional career with Malmö Fotbollförening in his native Sweden after joining them at the age of 15.
Malmö won the Swedish top division title three times during Pontus’ time there and he also earned his first international caps. Pontus then spent two years with Torino before moving to England. His four years with Brentford is set to be the longest spell at one club since he left Sweden.
In his time in West London, Pontus has played 85 matches. He scored his first Brentford goal in a win over Watford last month and is the only player to have started every Premier League game for The Bees this term. He has also contributed three assists this season. Pontus made 27 of those appearances last season when he captained Brentford to promotion to the top tier for only the second time in the Club’s history.
Pontus announced his retirement from international football earlier this season. He played for Sweden 27 times, earning five of those caps while at Brentford. He also played for his country at Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 level. He was part of the squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and played in the Quarter Final defeat to England as well as being part of the squads for UEFA European Championships in 2016 and the delayed 2020 event that took place last summer.