The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Ben Baker

MARK War­bur­ton ad­mits his Brent­ford play­ers are play­ing for their fu­tures at the club, as well as the prospect of Pre­mier League foot­ball.

The Bees boss is set to leave Grif­fin Park at the end of the sea­son, re­gard­less of the club’s fi­nal league po­si­tion, af­ter a dis­agree­ment in phi­los­o­phy with owner Matthew Ben­ham.

And while War­bur­ton in­sists the team are fully fo­cused on the push for pro­mo­tion, he ac­knowl­edges his play­ers are also out to prove their long-term worth.

“We had a blunt chat with staff and play­ers be­cause with any manager leav­ing, it brings a pe­riod of un­cer­tainty as the new man has his own ideas,” said the 52-yearold manager.

“Right now, our fo­cus is this sea­son. If the play­ers can get pro­mo­tion then their stock is high – even if they don’t play here next year they should be able to se­cure them­selves.

“There will be new faces in the sum­mer. They must give them­selves the best chance to play as high as we can. We’ve got play­ers who play in our sys­tem.We brought 12 play­ers in last sum­mer, it hap­pens.

“The staff are the same, that’s nat­u­ral.You have to fo­cus on what you can con­trol.”

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