BIDWELL HAS LEFT GLOVES BE­HIND

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Will Stanger

JAKE Bidwell has just landed the Foot­ball League Young Player of the Month award as a left-back, but it wasn’t long ago that he was a keeper.

The 20-year-old has helped the Bees to­wards the top of the League One ta­ble.

The for­mer Ever­ton trainee had two loan spells at Grif­fin Park, be­fore mov­ing per­ma­nently in the sum­mer.

“I did a cou­ple of years at Ever­ton as a goal­keeper up un­til un­der-13s,” said Bidwell.

“I wasn’t re­ally en­joy­ing it so the plan was to go and play with my mates. I did all right and ended up go­ing back to Ever­ton as a cen­tre-half and then a left-back.”

And the for­mer Eng­land U19 de­fender added:“Brent­ford put a lot of faith in me at a young age. I was 18 when I made my de­but.

“I just saw it as com­ing back to Brent­ford rather than sign­ing. You don’t re­ally sit back and think about it but then all of a sud­den you have played 100 games.”

He is hop­ing the Bees can clinch au­to­matic pro­mo­tion this year – but knows their con­sis­tency must not wa­ver.

“Noth­ing is won in Jan­uary or Fe­bru­ary,” he added. “We need to keep go­ing un­til the end of the sea­son. With the way we are play­ing we will be able to do that hope­fully.”

AWARD: Jake Bidwell

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