Brentford forward Alan Judge put pen to paper today and signed a new two-year deal to stay at Griffin Park, which could see him stay at the club until the end of the 2018/19 season.
The news, which was hinted at in last week’s Pride of West London Beesotted Podcast (click link below), will be welcomed by everyone connected with the football club – Judge has been pivotal in Brentford’s success over the past three years and is undoubtedly one of the best players in the club’s post-War history.
The sickening double leg break that was sustained at Portman Road a year ago ultimately scuppered a high fee transfer move for the Eire international, and although Newcastle United showed an interest in the January transfer window, they decided not to take a risk on the player.
The medical staff and Directors of Football at Brentford have clearly seen enough in his recovery assessments to want to offer the player some medium term security and have continued to support Judge as he edges towards full fitness and contact training. Phil Giles said of the deal; “When we finally sat down to discuss the contractual situation it was apparent that a new contract was the best outcome for all, in particular knowing that Alan enjoys being at Brentford and living in the area. I’m delighted that he has signed and look forward to him returning to the team.”
From a fans perspective this must be a win, win situation for the club and the player – to have such a hugely talented player secured for next season, and five more months to prepare Judge for the thrust of Championship football – this is very positive indeed and gives Dean Smith some excellent selection options for 2017/18.
The Brentford FC Head Coach, said: “I am really pleased that Alan has committed his immediate future to us. He has been an integral member of the squad since he joined and has played a massive part in the recent success of the Football Club. He is close to a full recovery from the terrible injury he suffered and we will certainly reap the benefits when he returns to the standards he was setting in the Championship prior to the injury, which earned him his first full international cap and plaudits from managers and peers from within the Championship. It is a great boost to the staff, the squad and supporters that his future remains at Brentford.”