The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Joshua Peck

BRENT­FORD have delved into the bar­gain box that is Non-League foot­ball by sign­ing cen­tre-back Nathan Fox from Cray Wan­der­ers.

Fox, 19, joins the Bees from a side play­ing in the eighth tier of English foot­ball and will join up with the de­vel­op­ment squad at Grif­fin Park.

The de­fender is a for­mer Nor­wich City young­ster and com­pleted a two-year schol­ar­ship with the Premier League side.

He left at the end of last sea­son and has made all of his se­nior ap­pear­ances in Non-League, hav­ing also turned out for Con­cord Rangers and been on the books of Chelms­ford City.

Robert Rowan, head of foot­ball op­er­a­tions at Brent­ford, said: “We are re­ally pleased to sign Nathan af­ter a suc­cess­ful trial. He’s made a great im­pres­sion on all the staff, due to his per­for­mances in train­ing and the way he’s con­ducted him­self.

“He’s got him­self back into pro­fes­sional foot­ball now af­ter a short spell at a cou­ple of Non-League clubs and it’s very im­por­tant that he main­tains the pro­fes­sion­al­ism and com­mit­ment to de­vel­op­ment he’s shown over the past week so he can progress to the next level, which is the first team at Brent­ford.”

Cray Wan­der­ers man­ager Tony Rus­sell added: “Nathan is a very good ball-play­ing cen­tre-half but just needed a bit of tough­en­ing up, which we did in train­ing.

“He was so ded­i­cated, he came to ev­ery train­ing ses­sion and was al­ways will­ing to learn.”

James Tarkowski has re­turned to train­ing at Grif­fin Park, hav­ing asked not to play in last week’s de­feat to Burn­ley fol­low­ing two trans­fer bids from the Clarets.

Brent­ford head coach Dean Smith said: “I thought it was right to keep him away from the club for a while and give him time to re­flect.

“He needs to set­tle down a lit­tle bit and get back to fit­ness as well.

“We have dealt with it in­ter­nally, in terms of the dis­ci­pline side of it. He will be avail­able mov­ing for­ward, for sure.”

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