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Brentford B Squad Update

Details on the B team squad at the end of the 2021/22 season

25 May 2022

Brentford Football Club can confirm that seven B Team players will depart following the expiration of their contracts. Jaakko Oksanen, Lewis Gordon, Max Haygarth, Wraynel Hercules, Jude Russell and Roy Syla will all depart the Club following the completion of the 2021/22 season. Deji Sotona has also returned to his parent club OGC Nice following the end of his loan period.

Forward player Gustav Mogensen's contract has also come to an end. He will remain at the Club to continue his rehabilitation from a long-term injury to help him regain his fitness and find a new club. Ryan Trevitt, Tristan Crama, Alex Gilbert and Roco Rees will be staying with the Club after one-year options on their contracts were taken up.

All of the players departing have made a significant impact for the B Team since joining the Club. Three have also turned out for the First Team in recent seasons. The players depart with the best wishes of everyone at Brentford FC.

Jaakko, who joined the B Team in January 2018 from HJK Helsinki, made his Sky Bet Championship debut in May 2019 at Griffin Park before going on to turn out against the likes of Reading and Stoke City. The youngster spent the 2020/21 season with AFC Wimbledon on loan and he also made a temporary move to Scotland for the first half of the 2021/22 campaign as he joined Greenock Morton. In total, Jaakko made 88 appearances for the B Team since he arrived in West London.

Lewis was also another member of the B Team to earn minutes in the First Team as he made his debut against Middlesbrough in the Emirates FA Cup in January 2021. The 21-year-old has been a consistent figure under Neil MacFarlane and his coaching staff having played 70 times for the B Team over the course of two seasons.

Max departs having also had some First Team involvement as he made three appearances, the first of which came in Brentford’s 3-1 win at Nottingham Forest in December 2020 in the Sky Bet Championship, whilst he gained more minutes in two FA Cup matches against Middlesbrough and Leicester City. Max was also part of the First Team squad in pre-season during the 2021/22 campaign and he featured at Old Trafford against his former club Manchester United. In total he played 28 times for Neil MacFarlane’s B Team since his arrival from United, initially on loan, which was then made permanent in January 2021.

Wraynel departs following his second season at the Club after he made the move to West London from Barnet. His time with the young Bees saw the winger turn out 56 times as he helped them to numerous victories. His final season with the Club saw him feature 30 times whilst netting twice- against Dulwich Hamlet and St Panteleimon FC.

Jude made 27 appearances for the young Bees in his one season with the Club. The former Crystal Palace defender joined the side after an initial trial period and was frequently a part of a back three deployed by Neil MacFarlane over the course of the season.

Roy joined the B Team after a trial period in the early stages of the 2021/22 season having been at Barnet previously. His performances for the B Team earned him international recognition as he went on to turn out for Albania Under-21s in European Qualifier fixtures recently. Since signing, Roy went on to make 26 appearances for the B Team.

Deji now heads back to France to link up with his parent club OGC Nice. The youngster made 11 appearances since joining in January 2022 and he also found the net once.

Gustav will remain at Jersey Road for his rehabilitation from a long-term injury. He departs having made 70 appearances for the B Team since his arrival in January 2019 from AGF Aarhus. The youngster helped himself to 25 goals for the B Team during his time with the Club - 16 of which came in the 2019/20 season as he finished as the side’s top scorer.

Discussing those players departing, Brentford B Head Coach Neil MacFarlane said: “Jaakko has been one of our longest serving players and I can’t speak highly enough of him. He came back from his loan in January and was probably a bit unsure on his next step but his attitude to training and games has been nothing short of outstanding. That tells me he is going to go on and have a good career. Hopefully he can go somewhere and play regularly, and he’ll be sorely missed within the group.

“Lewis has come so far with us since arriving on trial. He made his debut against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup and he has been in and around the First Team during his time with us. He’s not quite been able to make that breakthrough but he’s someone with huge potential and we’ve got high hopes that he can have a successful career.

“Max is a great lad. We got him into a position where he was the fittest he’d been and he’s played some brilliant stuff for us. He has contributed a great deal in terms of goals and assists and has been able to get some opportunities with the First Team. He’s hugely talented and we feel that he can now go on to take the next step and play regular men’s football.

“Wraynel improved a great deal since he came to us. He was someone that we saw as a real project to try to improve and kick on. Although he’s not had as many minutes as he would have liked, when he’s come on as substitute in recent months he has contributed massively. He’s a really strong character in the group and we only wish him well in his next step.

“Jude has contributed to our squad since he arrived, and he’s had some impressive games for us over the course of the season- scoring twice in one game against Maidenhead United from the National League, and he also scored in our London Senior Cup campaign. His next step will be looking to add even more consistency and we feel that he can go on to have a good career.

“Roy is a really good person; he’s been great for the group and has developed a great deal since arriving with us. He’s got stronger, fitter and he’s worked on his game. He’s earned himself some international recognition with Albania Under-21s which is impressive, and we wish him well in his next step.

“As for Deji, who came to us on loan, he has been able to build his fitness with us and has had an impact in the games he has played for us. He featured in the Atlantic Cup and did well before helping us to some victories towards the end of the season. We feel it’s the right time for him to play first team football elsewhere.

"In terms of Gustav, we will make sure that he is in the best possible position for his next step. He has been amazing for me since I arrived. His playing time has been curtailed by an injury suffered against Aldershot. He hasn't been able to recover yet, but we will continue to support him because I'm sure when he gets back fit he can go on to really good levels.”

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