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Tom Moore, London24 Brentford blogger
Friday, September 2, 2011
“Harry Forrester signed for the club on the eve of the new season and turned down Dutch giants Ajax in order to get more first-team football”
The transfer window has slammed shut and Brentford have brought in three players, while one player has now left the club.
Harry Forrester signed for the club on the eve of the new season and turned down Dutch giants Ajax in order to get more first-team football. It was a signing that surprised many, especially because Ajax are such a renowned side.
Forrester made his first start at MK Dons, in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, setting up two goals in the process.
In the final week of the transfer window Brentford signed Watford defender Adam Thompson on a one month loan and it is believed he was signed to cover Shaleum Logan’s injury. Thompson also made his debut against MK Dons, scoring from Forrester’s corner. He defended well against a very good MK Dons side and given that Logan is out for longer than first anticipated it wouldn’t be a surprise if his loan is extended.
The final signing of the transfer window was Mike Grella from Leeds. Grella had not had much of an opportunity at Elland Road, as he was behind Jermaine Beckford and Luciano Becchio, but he made his debut at home to Tranmere and needs some time to get match-fit and adapt to Brentford’s style of football before he can play a major role in the side.
Charlie MacDonald was the only player to leave the club, signing for MK Dons for an undisclosed fee, as a replacement for Sam Baldock who went to West Ham for a sizeable fee.
MacDonald wanted to leave the Bees after feeling he wasn’t going to be playing regularly enough for his liking. He has scored two goals in two games, including an inevitable goal against Brentford in Tuesday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash. It is a shame to lose a player who has had three good seasons with Brentford.
Brentford were looking to make a signing on deadline day for an un-named player, however the deal fell through at the final moment. The Bees can, however, expect some signings when the loan window opens in the coming weeks.