Youth Team striker Montell Moore has been offered a professional contract to be part of the Development Squad
at Brentford Football Club. Montell, 18, completes his two-year scholarship next month and has been given the chance to turn professional. He has been offered a one-year contract and will sign it shortly. Brentford have also offered a contract to goalkeeper Mark Smith, who did his two-year scholarship at Queens Park Rangers while central defender Lionel Stone has also been offered a professional deal. However, Kojo Awotwi, Richard Bryan, Lewis Lavender, Michael Onovwigun, George Pilbeam, Fabian Rowe, Josh Stockwell and Joe Taylor will be leaving Brentford at the end of the season.
Ose Aibangee, Brentford FC Academy Director, said: “We have taken the decision to only offer Development Squad contracts to players that we believe could play for Brentford in The Championship. That will be the same for the current group of Development Squad players. We are not signing Development Squad players to fulfil our fixtures; we will give younger players a chance in those games. That means that some players who may well be good enough to play professional football will be leaving us. I would like to wish those young players leaving us all the best for the rest of their career. Just because there is not an opportunity at Brentford at this time does not mean there is no future for them in football. But if we do not think they can play in The Championship then it is better they leave now and develop their career elsewhere. That is the best thing for them.
Lionel Stone has been offered a contract Mark Smith has signed and Montell will do so shortly. Mark has impressed in training and in games and will be a part of our group next season. He will have the chance to work with Academy Lead Goalkeeper Coach Jani Viander and hopefully First Team Goalkeeper Coach Simon Royce at times. He has the potential to develop. As I said, we will only be signing players that we feel can play in The Championship. Montell has had a good season and has stepped up to the Development Squad to play games. He has shown he has what it takes to play at that level and now will have the chance to push on. Montell has been with us for a long time; he came through the ranks and is a local lad. It is great for the younger boys in the Academy to see him turning professional and we may see someone who grew up in Brentford will represent Brentford in a First Team match at our new stadium. That is what the Club is all about.”