FOX HAS SECOND CHANCE AT BEES
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.”