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Brentford seem to have designated Tuesday 5 November 2013 ‘Northern Ireland News Day’ with; not one, not two, but three stories that feature the province emanating from Griffin Park in the past 24 hours.

First up came the story about Lee Mudd, who was recently been appointed by the Bees to scout in Northern Ireland. Mudd told the Belfast Telegraph: “Stuart Dallas moved from Crusaders to Brentford last year and they are very happy with him, so they know that there is a market over here, which is why I have been brought in…”

He went on to say: “Given where I have played I believe I have a good idea of what is needed to play at that level… Brentford may not be that big a name to some people, but it’s a club where players will get opportunities.”

Then came the news that Will Grigg has been called up by his country for their friendly match against Turkey on November 15, meaning the former Walsall striker will miss Brentford’s home match with Crewe Alexandra. I’m sure Grigg is delighted to be in with a shout of adding to his full cap tally, however, the stop-start nature of his season to date would suggest that maybe some more game time in red and white, and a few more goals, is maybe what his career needs most right now.

The Northern Ireland hat-trick of news was then rounded off when Stuart Dallas, who was mentioned above, has been snapped up by Northampton Town for another two months. Dallas, who is currently in negotiations to extend his contract at Brentford, has scored two goals in six starts for the Cobblers and has received some rave reviews whilst at Sixfields.

Dave Lane