ACE AN­DRE SETS NEW PREMIER AM­BI­TION

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

BRENT­FORD striker An­dre Gray has set his sights on go­ing all the way from Non­League to the Premier League.

Gray was play­ing for Hinck­ley United three years ago and only joined Brent­ford in the sum­mer from Lu­ton.

QPR’s Charlie Austin and Le­ices­ter’s Jamie Vardy have reached the Premier League via Non-League foot­ball and that’s an in­spi­ra­tion for Gray.

The 23-year-old said:“I would love to repli­cate what they have done. There has been talk of an Eng­land callup for Austin, so it just shows any­thing can hap­pen.

“You’ve also seen the likes of Rickie Lam­bert climb the di­vi­sions as well.

“I had never started a game in the Foot­ball League be­fore I came here, never mind the Cham­pi­onship.

“I’ve come from Non­League and it’s a big step up. I’ve done that and hope­fully I can do that again.

“I think I’m still a bit raw. I’m tak­ing some de­fend­ers by sur­prise, which can help me, but it can also be my big­gest down­fall as well. I need to mix it up.

“I was taken aback by some of the teams and play­ers we were com­ing up against at first, but I’m com­fort­able at this level now and have more to give.”

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