Brentford have today confirmed the signing of AFC Wimbledon goalkeeper Matthew Cox, with the club announcing the signing on their official website.
The 18-year-old shot stopper has signed a three year deal at the Brentford Community Stadium and will initially link up with the club’s B team in addition to training with the first team this pre season.
An England youth international, Cox leaves Wimbledon after failing to make a single first team appearance for the Dons and will now be looking to continue his development with the newly promoted Premier League side.
After progressing through the academy ranks with the Dons, Cox quickly became part of the first team squad under first Glyn Hodges and then Mark Robinson, and starred in Wimbledon’s FA youth cup run last season.
The deal is said to have been struck for an undisclosed fee, whilst the Bees also have the option to extend the keeper’s contract by a further year should these choose to do so.
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Cox’s arrival follows the recent signing of Kristoffer Ajer from Celtic as Thomas Frank continues to strengthen his squad.
Wimbledon will certainly be disappointed to lose such a talented young player but on the flip side any money made from the deal will be very welcome for the Dons.
The South London club in the process of repaying the loan that was taken out to build their new stadium at Plough Lane and finances have always been tight in SW19 because of the ownership structure.
I have no doubt that Cox will go on to become a brilliant goalkeeper for Brentford and many people at Wimbledon will have seen the sort of potential that he has.
Overall this is a transfer which suits all parties and most importantly provides a welcome boost to the Wimbledon coffers moving forwards.