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In amongst the explosion of opinion surrounding the return of Marcello Trotta to Griffin Park, Brentford also announced another signing before yesterday’s transfer window closed.

Raphael Calvet, a French U20 international, jetted in to TW8 from Auxerre to sign a three year contract with The Bees.

Calvet is expected to learn his trade in the UK by playing academy fixtures, but will train with the first team squad.

The 19 year old defender has already linked back up with the French U20 squad and has played over 40 times for his country at junior levels.

Calvet is another sign that the long term future of Brentford is to acquire and develop talented youngsters.

For a number of years Brentford have struggled to bring talent through from their youth set up to the first team but the formation of our academy, plus the European contacts of Mark Warburton and Matthew Benham, mean that we are now attracting young players from further afield.

One of the small highlights from last week’s defeat at Derby was the impressive display from teenage winger Josh Clarke, who alongside players such as Charlie Adams and Michael Onovwigun will hopefully be the start of a home-grown conveyor belt of talent.

Whether Calvet makes the grade remains to be seen, but it’s hugely encouraging that The Bees management team are continuing to look to the future.