Will Grigg’s Brentford rollercoaster ride came to and end today when the striker was sold to Wigan Athleitc for a fee thought to be £1m. Grigg’s time at Griffin Park was interrupted by injury, international call-ups, then a season-long loan spell with MK Dons, where he scored 20 goals in League One last term.
The Northern Ireland international had spent the last week in Portugal at the Bees’ pre-season training camp, where he had spoken about a new start at the club – however, Wigan Athletic’s bid, which we broke on #Beesotted Twitter last week, proved too tempting it would seem.
Phil Giles, who is Co-Director of Football at Brentford said of the transfer today: “Marinus and I have discussed Will’s situation on several occasions in recent days. We reached the conclusion that, on balance, the right decision was to allow Will the opportunity to speak to Wigan, and from there to complete the transfer.”
We understand that 20% of the fee will be heading to Walsall, which is part of the sell-on clause with his former club, but the Bees are still likely to have made a profit on a player who many fans had written off after his first season at Griffin Park.
However, you cannot argue that Grigg had an impressive season last term, for both club and country, and it was hoped that he would bring that form back with him with a fresh season ahead.
The departure leaves Marinus Dijkhuizen very short of centre forward options with the new season just weeks away – Hull City’s interest in Andre Grey is also showing no sign of fading.