Having already seen a plethora of players leave the club this summer, Brentford manager Thomas Frank has now waved goodbye to midfielder Reece Cole.
As confirmed by the Bees’ official website, the 21-year-old has joined Scottish Championship side Partick Thistle on loan until December 31st.
A product of the club’s youth academy, Cole made his debut for the senior side against Nottingham Forest in 2017 but has since failed to tie down a regular spot in Brentford’s starting eleven.
Loaned out to Newport County for the 2017/18 campaign, the midfielder was forced to return to Griffin Park early due to injury.
With Cole’s recent loan spells with the likes of Macclesfield Town, Maidenhead United and Yeovil Town yielding varying levels of success, the Bees will be hoping that he can hit the ground running in Scotland.
Speaking about Cole’s loan move, Brentford B Head Coach Neil McFarlane said: “We would like to wish Reece all the best as he moves north of the border.
“Having played first team football at Macclesfield last year and having been in the B team for a number of years now, it was important to continue his development by playing first team football.
“Technically Reece is a very good player who will suit the style of play under Gary Caldwell [Partick Thistle’s manager].
Cole could make his debut for his new side when they head to Links Park on Saturday to face Montrose in the third round of the Scottish Challenge Cup.
When you consider that Cole had failed to make a single appearance for Brentford’s first-team this season, it is not at all surprising that Frank has opted to send him out on loan.
Providing that the midfielder ends up playing week-in, week-out for Partick Thistle, there is every chance that he will return to Griffin Park as a much more accomplished player.
In Cole’s absence, the Bees will be aiming to push on towards the top-six in the Championship over the coming months following what has been a mixed start to the 2019/20 campaign.